Flaunting Wealth: Are We About To Reach America’s “Let Them Eat Cake” Moment?
|Flaunting Wealth: Are We About To Reach America’s “Let Them Eat Cake” Moment?Posted: 22 Mar 2021 05:22 PM PDTIn the social media era, public displays of wealth have become a way to show the world that you are “somebody”. Of course our value as human beings has absolutely nothing to do with how much money we have, but it is undeniable that those that have tremendous wealth are often idolized in our culture. Just think of how much we fawn over Bill Gates, Elon Musk and countless social media “influencers” that have become household names. Sadly, this has created an environment in which people increasingly feel a need to flaunt their wealth, and that is extremely unfortunate.Since the beginning of the COVID pandemic, 8 million more Americans have fallen into poverty, 10 million more Americans are now in danger of being evicted from their homes, and more than 70 million new claims for unemployment benefits have been filed. With so many people deeply suffering, it is extremely insensitive to publicly flaunt your wealth, but many rich people are doing it anyway.Recently, social media influencer Kylie Jenner has gotten a lot of attention for photos that she has been posting to Instagram. In one, her daughter poses with a $1,390 designer bag in front of a $225,000 Lamborghini…Kylie, 23, posted a new picture of her toddler today, as the two enjoyed the Calabasas sun.The Instagram model showed off Stormi’s outfit, consisting of gray sweatpants, a matching tank top, colorful sneakers, and a $1390 mini tan Prada bag.As if the high-end bag wasn’t enough of a flash of wealth, the photo was taken in front of Kylie’s $225K bright orange Lamborghini.The caption “chill days w mommy” was posted under the photo.How are the millions of Americans that have had to wait in line for hours at local food banks supposed to feel when they see something like that?Another way that wealth is being flaunted is through the purchase of NFTs. On Monday, a tech executive paid 2.9 million dollars for an NFT of Jack Dorsey’s very first tweet…Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s first tweet, offered for sale as a nonfungible token, was sold on Monday for 1,630.58 ether, a cryptocurrency. That’s equivalent to about $2.9 million based on ether’s price at the time of sale.The tweet, which said “just setting up my twttr,” was first published on March 21, 2006. It was listed for sale as an NFT on March 6. By March 9, the highest offer was from Sina Estavi, CEO of Bridge Oracle. Estavi won the auction, though his bid was worth about $2.5 million it was placed.Of course Sina Estavi doesn’t actually own Jack Dorsey’s first tweet now.All he owns is a digital collectible that memorializes Jack Dorsey’s first tweet.How ridiculous is that?Even worse, someone recently spent 69 million dollars for an NFT “work of art” that was created by a digital artist named “Beeple”…Last week, the auction house Christie’s announced the artist Beeple sold a piece of artwork for more than $69 million, the third highest price for a living artist.But “Everydays: The First 5000 Days” isn’t a physical work of art. It’s all digital.The work was sold through an NFT, a burgeoning technology that could potentially change how we own everything from art work and concert tickets to our homes.If you want to know how to get rich quick in America these days, just change your name to something really stupid like “Beeple” and start pumping out NFT “artwork”.You don’t even have to paint anything, and you can make millions of dollars in the process.Meanwhile, about two-thirds of all Americans are living paycheck to paycheck and are just trying to survive from month to month.The gap between the wealthy and the poor has never been greater, and there is a tremendous amount of resentment building toward the ultra-rich right now.In such an environment, you would think that religious leaders would be extremely cautious about flaunting wealth, but in many instances they are some of the most brazen examples of all.A man named Ben Kirby started the @PreachersNSneakers Instagram account in 2019, and today it has more than 210,000 followers. For more than a year, he has been posting photos of some of the most famous preachers in America wearing extremely expensive designer clothes…On his feed, Kirby has showcased Seattle pastor Judah Smith’s $3,600 Gucci jacket, Dallas pastor T.D. Jakes’s $1,250 Louboutin fanny pack and Miami pastor Guillermo Maldonado’s $2,541 Ricci crocodile belt. And he considers Paula White, former president Donald Trump’s most trusted pastoral adviser who is often photographed in designer items, a PreachersNSneakers “content goldmine,” posting a photo of her wearing $785 Stella McCartney sneakers.When I was growing up in the 1970s, I never heard of this sort of thing happening.In those days, preachers wore very conservative suits and ties, and they were usually not paid very well at all.But now a new brand of “celebrity preacher” has emerged, and they are often treated like rock stars…In his book, Kirby writes that these pastors who have enormous social media followings aren’t simply pastors anymore, he writes. Often they are motivational speakers, corporate coaches and leadership consultants. Kirby said he has heard of churches where a volunteer was designated solely for the purpose of carrying the pastor’s Bible. Often, he writes, these pastors have private entrances, reserved parking spaces, security details and a gaggle of personal assistants or handlers. And, often, they promise blessings from God to their followers if their followers bless the church.“Like Hollywood — a world so often criticized by the pietistic — these institutions and their leaders celebrate and reward the ‘blessing’ of fame, popularity and influence,” he writes. “Pastors function like ‘talent’ performing for an audience or like a spokesman for the church’s ‘brand.’ ”If this is how corrupt our churches have become, what hope is there for the nation as a whole?Flaunting wealth and throwing money around recklessly might be fun for a while, but there will be a price to pay.Even as I write this article, the resentment that the “have nots” are feeling toward the “haves” is growing.When things get bad enough in this country, a breaking point will come, and the “have nots” will be looking to extract some revenge.***Michael’s new book entitled “Lost Prophecies Of The Future Of America” is now available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.***About the Author: My name is Michael Snyder and my brand new book entitled “Lost Prophecies Of The Future Of America” is now available on Amazon.com. In addition to my new book, I have written four others that are available on Amazon.com including The Beginning Of The End, Get Prepared Now, and Living A Life That Really Matters. (#CommissionsEarned) By purchasing the books you help to support the work that my wife and I are doing, and by giving it to others you help to multiply the impact that we are having on people all over the globe. I have published thousands of articles on The Economic Collapse Blog, End Of The American Dream and The Most Important News, and the articles that I publish on those sites are republished on dozens of other prominent websites all over the globe. I always freely and happily allow others to republish my articles on their own websites, but I also ask that they include this “About the Author” section with each article. The material contained in this article is for general information purposes only, and readers should consult licensed professionals before making any legal, business, financial or health decisions. I encourage you to follow me on social media on Facebook, Twitter and Parler, and any way that you can share these articles with others is a great help. During these very challenging times, people will need hope more than ever before, and it is our goal to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with as many people as we possibly can.The post Flaunting Wealth: Are We About To Reach America’s “Let Them Eat Cake” Moment? first appeared on The Economic Collapse.|
|7 Plagues That Are Hitting Our Planet Right NowPosted: 21 Mar 2021 06:21 PM PDTThings are starting to get really crazy out there. In recent interviews, I have used the term “stability” to describe the current state of affairs, and some people may think that is quite strange. But I stand by that assessment. In the short-term, we have experienced a period of relative stability over the last couple of months, but of course that will soon change. I believe that global events will soon greatly accelerate, and much chaos is on the horizon. However, that certainly doesn’t mean that nothing of importance is happening at the moment. In fact, the following are 7 plagues that are hitting our planet right now…#1 A Plague Of Millions Of Rats In AustraliaCould you imagine having so many rats infesting your community that it is literally impossible to ever get away from the smell? Right now, millions upon millions of rats are making lives miserable for countless residents of Australia, and in some instances it is literally taking hours just to clean up all of the poop that they leave behind…Mice in the cabinets. Mice in the streets. Thousands upon thousands of mice in the barn, pooing so much it takes six hours to clean up their waste.These are scenes from Queensland and New South Wales, Australia, where an out-of-control mouse infestation is making life miserable for farmers, grocers and other citizens of the eastern Australian states.Needless to say, it isn’t just poop that is the problem. At this point, many farmers in Australia “have already lost entire grain harvests to the rampaging mice”…Some farmers have already lost entire grain harvests to the rampaging mice, according to local media reports, while hotels have had to close because they can’t keep the critters out of the rooms. Staff at a grocery store in a small town northwest of Sydney reported catching as many as 600 mice a night.#2 Large EarthquakesAccording to the USGS, usually we get about 15 earthquakes of magnitude 7.0 or greater each year…According to long-term records (since about 1900), we expect about 16 major earthquakes in any given year. That includes 15 earthquakes in the magnitude 7 range and one earthquake magnitude 8.0 or greater.So far in 2021, we have already had 7 that are magnitude 7.0 or greater, and that includes a magnitude 7.0 earthquake that just shook Japan…A 7.0 preliminary magnitude earthquake has struck Japan off the coast of Ishinomaki, a city located just 65 miles (104 km) from Fukushima, the site of a devastating 9.0 magnitude quake 10 years ago.Latest information from USGS shows the earthquake has a depth of 54 kilometers (34 miles). CNN teams in Tokyo felt the tremor.#3 Volcanoes Are Roaring To Life All Over The GlobeAccording to Volcano Discovery, 29 volcanoes around the planet are currently erupting right now, and that includes a volcano in Iceland that had been dormant for hundreds of years…The Fagradals Mountain volcano in southwest Iceland had been dormant for 6,000 years. But on Friday night, following weeks of earthquakes in the area, the volcano came to life.The eruption is the first that the Reykjanes Peninsula, where the volcano is located, has experienced in 781 years.Video of the eruption show the bright lava oozing out of the earth, lighting up an otherwise stark dark night.#4 The “Megadrought” In The Southwestern United StatesEarlier this month, I wrote an entire article about the megadrought in the Southwest entitled “You Were Warned That Dust Bowl Conditions Would Return, And Now It Has Happened”.Well, this drought just continues to get even worse. In fact, NBC News is telling us that there is “little hope for relief” any time soon…With nearly two-thirds of the United States abnormally dry or worse, the government’s spring forecast offers little hope for relief, especially in the West where a devastating megadrought has taken root and worsened.Weather service and agriculture officials warned of possible water use cutbacks in California and the Southwest, increased wildfires, low levels in key reservoirs such as Lake Mead and Lake Powell and damage to wheat crops.#5 Armies Of Locusts In Africa And The Middle EastIn 2020, giant armies of locusts the size of major cites relentlessly marched across parts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Millions of farmers had their crops wiped out, and experts told us that it was unlike anything they had ever seen before.That was only supposed to be a one year plague, but now it is happening again…A single locust swarm can contain up to 80 million locusts and fly 30 to 80 miles in one day depending on the wind. By the time, spraying planes arrived at the WhatsApp coordinates the next day, it was often too late.The locusts had warmed up in the morning sun and moved off into the wilderness, laying millions of eggs. Every day, each locust can eat its weight in vegetation daily and multiplies twenty-fold every three months. A swarm can easily eat as much food as 35,000 people in a single day and multiple two dozen times in three months.#6 H5N8 Bird Flu In RussiaWhen cases of H5N8 bird flu started to pop up in Russia, many experts started to become extremely concerned that it could start being transmitted from human to human.Because if it starts spreading widely among humans, the percentage of victims that will die will be far higher than for COVID.Unfortunately, one of the top experts in Russia says that there is “a fairly high degree of probability” that it is now being passed from one person to another…A mutating strain of bird flu that has emerged in Russia has “a fairly high degree of probability” of human-to-human transmission, the head of the country’s health watchdog warned in a report.Anna Popova, who heads Rospotrebnadzor, made the worrying prediction almost a month after scientists detected the first case of H5N8 transmission to humans at a southern Russia poultry farm, the Moscow Times reported.#7 The COVID PandemicEven though people are being vaccinated at a feverish pace all over the globe, the number of confirmed cases in Brazil is higher than ever before and experts are telling us that a “fourth wave” has begun in Europe.Could it be possible that the vaccines are not going to be the “saviors” that so many people were anticipating?At this point, more than 2.7 million victims have already died from COVID, and more are passing away every single day.But even though so many bad things have already happened, if you are familiar with my new book then you already know that I believe that what is on the horizon is going to be much worse.We live at a time when everything that can be shaken will be shaken, and what we have experienced so far is just the beginning.So buckle up and get ready for a bumpy ride, because things certainly aren’t going to be getting any easier.***Michael’s new book entitled “Lost Prophecies Of The Future Of America” is now available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.***About the Author: My name is Michael Snyder and my brand new book entitled “Lost Prophecies Of The Future Of America” is now available on Amazon.com. In addition to my new book, I have written four others that are available on Amazon.com including The Beginning Of The End, Get Prepared Now, and Living A Life That Really Matters. (#CommissionsEarned) By purchasing the books you help to support the work that my wife and I are doing, and by giving it to others you help to multiply the impact that we are having on people all over the globe. I have published thousands of articles on The Economic Collapse Blog, End Of The American Dream and The Most Important News, and the articles that I publish on those sites are republished on dozens of other prominent websites all over the globe. I always freely and happily allow others to republish my articles on their own websites, but I also ask that they include this “About the Author” section with each article. The material contained in this article is for general information purposes only, and readers should consult licensed professionals before making any legal, business, financial or health decisions. I encourage you to follow me on social media on Facebook, Twitter and Parler, and any way that you can share these articles with others is a great help. During these very challenging times, people will need hope more than ever before, and it is our goal to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with as many people as we possibly can.The post 7 Plagues That Are Hitting Our Planet Right Now first appeared on The Economic Collapse.|