Are You Addicted To Bad News?

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Are you addicted to bad news?  Do you have an addiction to “gloom and doom”?  Well, if so, then 2011 has been a banner year for you so far.  There are plenty of websites out there that do nothing but track the latest doom.  Some people actually seem to enjoy it when a new disaster strikes.  But we shouldn’t rejoice over bad news.  Millions of people are deeply hurting around the world because of all of the horrible things that have happened so far this year.  Tens of millions more are going to be deeply suffering soon as our world becomes increasingly unstable.  It is important to tell the truth about what is going on in our world because we sure aren’t getting it from the mainstream media, but we should never get to the point where we are totally addicted to the news cycle and are “hungry” for another piece of bad news to report.  Our world is falling apart and that is a very sad thing.  There are going to be come incredibly sad times to come.  But that doesn’t mean we have to be depressed.  It is when things are the darkest that the greatest heroes are needed.  Instead of cursing the darkness, let us all decide to be lights in the darkness.


Nature sure has been going crazy lately.  It is almost as if God has been lifting His protective hand from it.  Within the span of a few weeks we witnessed one of the worst tornado outbreaks in U.S. history and the worst flooding along the Mississippi River that we have seen since the Great Depression.  The United States has not seen such suffering from natural disasters since Hurricane Katrina.  Hopefully the rest of the year will be calmer, but I wouldn’t count on it.

Of course who could forget what happened in Japan earlier this year.  It was the worst earthquake in modern Japanese history and it was the worst tsunami anyone has ever seen.  The images of that giant wave of water sweeping miles inland will stay with all of us for the rest of our lives.

The crisis at the Fukushima nuclear complex that was caused by the giant tsunami continues to get worse by the day.  The media has been strangely quiet about Fukushima lately, but that does not mean that it is not a crisis of nightmarish proportions.  Everyone in the northern hemisphere is going to be affected by this radiation in one way or another.  The area immediately surrounding Fukushima will probably never be inhabited again during our lifetimes.  In fact, as I have written about previously, much of northern Japan may be uninhabitable after all of this is over.

Of course there are plenty of wars to talk about these days.  The United States is already involved in three wars and now the whole Osama Bin Laden death episode has some people urging us to take even more military action in the Middle East.  The entire region is a tinderbox at this point.  Everyone pretty much agrees that there is going to be a major war in the Middle East at some point – the only question is when.

In fact, most Americans don’t realize this, but the world gets a little bit closer to World War III every single day.  China is arming like crazy.  Have you checked out the new Chinese J-20 stealth fighter?  It is a match for anything that we have got.  The game is changing and most Americans don’t even realize it.

When I bring things like this up with other Americans they will say things like this: “Well, I am not worried about it.  We have enough nukes to turn them into a glass parking lot so they would never mess with us.”

Sadly, most Americans simply do not understand how deeply the past few administrations have cut our nuclear arsenal.

Did you know that today we have less than ten percent of the nuclear warheads that we had during the height of the Cold War?

In 1967, the U.S. had over 31,000 strategic nuclear warheads ready to roll.  According to the new nuclear arms treaty that Obama has signed, the U.S. will only be able to have 1,550 deployed strategic nuclear warheads, and the Russians will know where they are in case they ever want to hit us with a first strike.

Most Americans could care less about all this because they think that the real threats to our national security are hiding in caves in places like Afghanistan and Pakistan.

But someday the balance of power between the United States (on one side) and China and Russia (on the other) is going to be of the utmost importance.

Just remember where you heard it.

Of course there is always plenty of economic doom to talk about.  Only 37 percent of Americans approve of the way that Barack Obama is handling the economy.  And yet virtually all polls show Obama crushing all of the potential Republican contenders in 2012.  The sad truth is that both political parties are completely inept when it comes to the economy.  The middle class has been in decline for decades and very few of our politicians seem to care.  They just stand there with their hands in their pockets as millions of our jobs continue to be shipped out of the country.

Meanwhile, the federal government continues to pile up insane amounts of debt.  The “big battle” over the debt ceiling is coming up, and John Boehner is insisting that this time he is going to “get tough” and demand “trillions” in budget cuts.

But considering his track record, the Democrats should just offer him a burger and a shake down at the local Dairy Queen because that might be enough to get him to cave.  The reality is that if John Boehner was really serious about cutting the deficit he would have been fighting these battles when Bush was president.

You would think that the American people would be sick and tired of the nonsense in Washington D.C. by now.  Sadly, most of the time the American people are distracted by things like American Idol and Dancing with the Stars, and when they wake up long enough to pay attention to politics they tend to fight with one another like cats and dogs.

America is a deeply, deeply divided nation today.  We are taught to gather together in our little “special interest groups” and hate the people that the media identifies as the “enemies” of our groups.

Hatred for one another is getting out of control.  The other day I wrote an article about the hundreds of church burnings that we have seen around the globe so far this year.  You would think that would be a thing that everyone would be against.  But no, there were actually several comments that either called for more church burnings or that called for the “extermination” of Christianity.

If you go on just about any public Internet discussion forum today, what do you see?

You see a lot of people arguing with each other and insulting each other and hating each other.

You rarely see much love.

The love of most Americans is growing very cold.  Most of us seem to be obsessed with “being right” and with hating everyone that disagrees with us.

Yes, there is such a thing as absolute truth and we should always stand up for the truth, but we can do so in a way that is loving and kind toward others.

Instead of hating our politicians, perhaps we should pray for them.

That doesn’t mean that we have to agree with what they are doing.  In fact, the majority of the politicians in Washington D.C. should never receive a single vote from any American under any circumstances.

But that doesn’t mean that we have to hate them.

If the hate in this country continues to grow, there will be absolutely no chance that America will turn around.

There really is a tremendous amount of wisdom in this simple phrase….

Love one another.

But in America today we are taught to hate those that are different from us.  We are taught to hate those that have different political ideas.  We are taught to hate those that treat us badly.

In the end, hate is going to rip this nation to shreds.  We can already see signs of this happening from coast to coast.  Someday I fear that we will see massive rioting all across America.

So what do all of you think about the future of America?

Is there any reason for hope?

Feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts below….

  • BEER

    Actually its like when you hear a leaky faucet, you go to fix it and you lie awake a few minutes after its fixed listening to ensure the faucet is indeed off.

  • filboyd

    I’m not addicted to bad news. I’m smothered with it. perpetuates the smothering.

    Point me to a news site with positive, uplifitng stories. Oh, you’re right. I probably wouldn’t go to them even if they existed.

    I do like . Their underlyng theme seems to be “all is not lost.”

    Your article essetially calls the kettle black, after all the bad news you report.

    Yes we keep coming back to your site. Perhaps YOU are addicting us to bad news. You do produce a lot of it.

  • emma

    I remember when I use to trade the market and go long on good news, and short on BAD news! Oh how that was a disaster and lost me lots of money.

    not any more. That guy from FFT is oz is good, I been following him for a while and he called the market crash in 2008.

    I belong to his membership site, its awesome and has live videos and everything to follow along.
    Makes it easy to take money from the market even if you are a newbie!.

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  • William

    I have not had cable TV since 1992. With the recent constant TV news of the phoney killing of already dead bin laden, I stopped watching any TV news. Most Americans are so brain dead that they actually believe “the news”, good or bad. The major media outlets in America in print, cable, satellite and internet are controlled by the same kahal that attacked America on 911. The “news” is spun and warped. So, America, keep on watching Rupert and enjoy your slavery. Oh, by the way, just HOW did that Beoing 757 slip into the hole in the wall of the Pentagon on 911, leaving no debris field??? News!! Go, NEWS!! As the sheeple are lead to slavery………

  • Owen

    My personal opinion is this “present, evil age” (read end of the world as we know it) is down to its final decade. For true born again Christians, don’t worry, just look up as your redemption draws near. For non-believers, the world will get worse, much worse and no amount of preparing your stockpiles is going to help in the end. Seek God now while the window of opportunity remains open.

  • Gods Creation

    The people do nothing. The corporations are in control, brainwashing them into believing just about anything.

    The battle is not with other people who disagree with you, its with people who disagree with you on behalf of a legal fiction corporate entity.

    The corporations exist to keep the people in fear, with no one ever being held accountable for their actions as representatives of the corporations.

    The corporation is killing itself. All you have to do is survive its death and learn to take care of yourself.

  • Xander cross

    Remember who controls the government. I give you an hint. They have the Sampson option.

  • from europe

    i can imagine Gary sending his
    “tax the rich fix the bad news habit”
    kinda comment.

    like that is gonna put more oil (NON-RENEWABLE ENERGY) into the ground, or make those hurricanes go away. ya sure Gary hahahahaha

  • from europe

    and yes, the chinese should get more nukes – to protect themselves from the US. given the US track record in invading other countries and waging war, any other action by the chinese would be suicide.

    GO CHINA !!!

  • Guido

    As if there’s good news. News is bad or nonexistent. If it bleeds, it leads.

    As for unity-if you want Americans to pull together, you’ll need something on the order of a dozen September 11s. You’ll need something so bad, so awful, so unavoidable that people would be willing to drop everything and work together to confront the new threat.

    How about an alien invasion?

  • cshellz

    There’s a fight going on for the future direction of America. Those who believe in a smaller government-accountability – responsibility- a higher power- freedom to raise our kids as we see fit and honesty in media, and then you have the other side which wants total control of how you think- what you eat- how you worship- and complete decision making of how you raise your children. I only had one dad and I never had a nanny so as far as I’m concerned the gov can bugger off!

  • Mr Carpenter

    Good reminder about loving our enemies. Because the powers that be are the enemies of everyone not in their little circles of influence.

    Of late, the scales have been falling off my eyes in a hurry, in regards to what the Bible speaks of when it states that in the end of days, humanity will be god-like, but evil.

    What am I talking about?

    The fact that the Western governments can pretty well listen in to everyone who carries a cell phone (as long as the battery is in place and charged); can triangulate their position from the same (as well as their GPS nav system in the car); can listen to all phone conversations; can read every email and knows where every comment on every blog comes from… and all of this goes through super-computers and then is fed to slave-humans who think they are free while working for these evil governments.

    Have I hope for the future? Yes. The only possible hope for good for our future is the King of Kings; Jesus Christ.

    Therein lies my hope and prayers for the future.

    Maranatha (come, Lord Jesus).

  • Mr Carpenter

    By the way. Why SHOULDN’T God lift His protective hand from the Untied Status of Amerika?

    After all, we quite literally have become the nation we fought and had hundreds of thousands of patriots die while fighting; the Nazis.

    God is a gentleman. We’ve asked him, as a nation, to leave our schools (and therefore our children) some 50 years ago. We insisted, in fact.

    We’ve asked Him to look the other way while we began the wholesale murder of innocents in the womb some 40 years ago.

    We’ve asked Him to let us get by with condoning homosexuality, and persecuted His followers by allowing us to be marginalized (where in the “opinion” of 1% of the population trumps the “opnion” of a majority of the population).

  • Anonymium

    “A people without hate cannot triumph against the adversary.”

    Che Guevara. :)

    It varies. There is too much love for those who does not deserve it and do not know the meaning of gratitude.
    The problem is that peoples have been too soft, tolerant, sentimental and apathetic over all those decades, allowing the scum to take over.

    The US biparty systeme? It is evident that the biparty systeme completely blockades the possibility of any meaningfull change, thus it must be ended. The left/wing political paradigme as a whole must be rejected.

  • More news about Japan is that the land is floating and at high tide much of the land that never saw high tide are now swamped by it.
    We need to forgive & forget. It is very hard to do, and I speak from ex.

  • A.S.

    All of this is happening because belief in G-d was taken out of the schools. The Lubavitcher Rebbe stressed to have a “moment of silence” for one minute, just one minute, for every school child from K through 12, to think about G-d. But the evil U.S. Supreme Court countless times overturned such notions proposed in different forms by different states, cities, schools, etc. The U.S. Supreme Court has made many evil decisions, such Row vs. Wade. If our leaders are evil, it is no wonder that adults become evil too, because who do they have to look up to without a belief in G-d? And if the adults are evil, they pass it along to their children. There is no hope in our society unless our government, more parents, instill into children a moral obligation to behave in accordance with G-d’s laws. If that doesn’t happen, there is no hope for America.

  • Bill

    My solution was to quit watching news on TV and to start reading history – these are not the worst of times, yet… I’m still hooked on GandD, but have started taking positive steps in case TSHTF – buying extra food, water, etc –

  • Aurelius 7

    We already have our future leaders for the time of crisis (8:50 mark):

  • Aurelius 7

    …8:50 mark and on to part five is what I meant.

  • VegasBob

    I’m a liberal, which is not news. But I think the polls that predict a second term for Obama are wrong.

    Unless the Republicans snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, I think the Republican nominee in 2012 is going to defeat Obama. In fact, I’ll go so far as to say that the outcome of the 2012 election will be similar to 2000.

    Obama will win the popular vote, just like Al Gore did in 2000, but will lose to the Republican in the Electoral College, 272-266, almost exactly like Al Gore lost to Bush in 2000.

  • Mychal

    I love your site, thanks for all your hard work.

  • the traitor stands in worse case of woe

    The Republic is dead. People are still asleep though and haven’t woken up to the fact that a coup d’etat has occurred in this country. We no longer have representative government. We maintain the charade of a Republic, but we’ve become an Oligarchy. The real rulers of the nation are the power BEHIND the throne. Political theater is the order of the day. In order to maintain the illusion of a functioning Constitutional Republic, we hold periodic elections. The real levers of power are held by those who purchase the votes of our venal politicians, while the electorate continues to consume the pap of Hollywood (the brainwashing branch of the Department of Propaganda), and to believe the fiction regurgitated by the establishment media. Our leaders are traitors all, and our citizens pusillanimous or blind. This was a soft treason, a betrayal of a sacred trust that was hidden in high patriotic rhetoric, but was no less base for the high sounding patriotic principals. This is the bad fruit of the Enlightenment. A few hundred years of prosperity in a new continent, then collapse.
    Government “Of the people, by the people, for the people” is a failed experiment. We are no longer a moral people, and this nation is therefore doomed to the dustbin of history.

  • Xander cross

    I find it amazing that people try to define a god that they don’t have proof to back it up with. Like how people say that they know what god actually thinks about. That to me us very bold.

  • Piglet

    RE: “Most Americans could care less about all this because they think that the real threats to our national security are hiding in caves in places like Afghanistan and Pakistan.” I believe you meant to write, “Most Americans could NOT care less…” If people COULD care less, they would.

  • For people who are searching for the truth, you can’t help but find bad news as you discover the evil plans of the financial elite, and as you that we are being lied to every day.

    America’s financial Ponzi Scheme can’t go on forever, so you better invest in financial education from someone who will give you the truth, because otherwise you may lose everything as the Dollar fails and the financial system resets.

    Mike Dillard’s Elevation Group is a great resource to protect and multiply your wealth during the financial crisis.

  • I’m addicted to finding the truth, and when the economy is headed towards a cliff, there’s nothing but bad news.

    America can NEVER repay its debts. The entitlement programs are going bankrupt. And inflation / hyperinflation will erode what’s left of the Dollar’s value.

    Prepare for a financial collapse. Invest in water, long term food storage, silver, and be sure to arm yourself, to defend your family.

    Act now, because you don’t want to compete at the grocery store when a crisis hits. Free Food 2Go

  • There’s a lot of bad news right now, but if you don’t take action, it’s going to get a lot worse and many people will not survive the upcoming crisis.

    It’s a great idea to move to a more rural area where you can live ‘off the grid’, but if you can’t leave your city, then the SURVIVE IN PLACE Urban Survival Guide shows you how to survive during a crisis, and protect yourself and your family.

    You need to start implementing your survival plan now before the crisis hits, because then it’s too late and supplies will disappear rapidly.

  • Xander cross

    What are you all talking about? Most of the kids in school are christians. They did not take yout so called god out of schools, community centers, PTA meetings etc. These Christians create gang violence and that is why the crime rate is so high in religious states.

  • Anonymium

    The sooner the Big One happens, the sooner we can get out of this mess.

  • Justa Guy


    Methinks you have created your own anti-christian religion based on beliefs you have postulated. You must know what it is that makes someone truly a christian before you can judge who is or is not one. The only way to know, without speculating, is to read the bible and find out. Some basic tenets of christianity you will find there: 1) None of us can ever be good enough to escape condemnation and the punishment of hell, and that’s why Jesus had to come to pay the price for our iniquity, to save us. 2) You must believe in Jesus and what he’s done for you, and turn away from sinning (violating God’s rules), and ask forgiveness. 3) Become a disciple of Jesus, seeking to be obedient to God and imitate Jesus wholeheartedly.

    And there you have it…not one mention about joining a gang.

  • Only a small group of people are addicted to bad news. The rest don’t care.

    “In fact, most Americans don’t realize this, but the world gets a little bit closer to World War III every single day.”

    How would one know when we’ve arrived, short of nukes going off?

    History provides a clue. Just review the signs before big wars. Historians have done this for us. Here is one set of clues – the three Es: Empires in decline, economic volatility and ethnic conflict such as war in the Middle East. All are present today.

    To keep this short I will say that the remaining piece is a major war in the Middle East – a nuclear war. If you see nuclear war in the Middle East, then America is in danger of retaliation from Russia and China. Watch for this war soon, like this summer.

    There are other historical clues too. They all point to war. One says that our current pain level is a 2. It will get to a 10 before 2025 based on history. Another says that the probability of war with China is 6 out of 7 based on historical wars.

    How will the next war start?

    It will start like Pearl Harbor. You will go to bed one night with no clue that you are going to die in your sleep.

  • And we’re at the middle of the year only. Many things will still happen, either man-made or by natural causes. This is a year of upheaval and we are living in volatile times.

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  • mondobeyondo

    I wouldn’t say we’re as much addicted to bad news, as that the mainstream media provides very few alternative options.

    Look at what we’re faced with every evening on the network news. Every day, we’re bombarded with: “Libya! Osama bin Laden! Tornadoes! Floods! Killings! Egypt! More killings! More tornadoes! Terrorists! Bank robberies! Even more killings! Scientists announce cure for Alzheimer’s! Is Bin Laden still dead? Libyan rebels victorious in some town we don’t know the name of! Twister hits New Jersey – details soon! Breaking news – 120 dead from suicide bombing in Pakistan!!”

    Naturally, any sane person won’t remain so after this daily barrage. My mother used to say, “If you watch “General Hospital” long enough, you’ll end up being there”.

  • mondobeyondo

    @ Matt
    So true.
    Does anyone remember where they were on Monday, September 10, 2001?

  • Doe

    The news we hear every day are troubling, but they are easier to bear if you know the endgame. If you know there is an agenda behind it and that it will be defeated in the end you can take courage.
    If you know what’s coming you won’t panic or be fearful when it does hit.

  • missy

    Optimism sees opportunities; pessimism sees nothing but its reflection.

  • Jill

    Well, there does seem to be more bad news than ever before. More people are living in danger zones than ever before. That’s fine, as long as everyone is able to take their own protective actions. Don’t rely on the government to keep you safe and then take care of you after it is over.

    Everyone should have a survival kit or go bag in their home and car:

    If you can take care of yourself for at least three days or even a week, then you’ll be in good shape to deal with the cleanup and aftermath of any major disaster. Or sometimes, it is best just to bug out and let it happen behind you.