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  •  No kidding. I heard of it from my own family but (9+ / 0-)

    I'm not sure that many that lived it are around to tell now. It is something that needs to be taught, and the implications (say through a science oriented program) need to be considered.

    The next gens are really in for it.

    202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

    by cany on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 03:24:21 PM PST

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    •  I grew up in Oklahoma, and I heard many (11+ / 0-)

      stories about the dust bowl days from people who survived it (including my parents).  I never want my children or grandchildren to go through hardships like that.

      •  Given the current conditions, I would say that a (4+ / 0-)
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        good chance exists that those conditions could return to Oklahoma and Texas in the relatively near future.

        And it feels like I'm livin'in the wasteland of the free ~ Iris DeMent, 1996

        by MrJersey on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 07:33:00 PM PST

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      •  My parents made the migration from Oklahoma - (4+ / 0-)
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        to California during the latter part of the dust bowl days.  On arrival they found jobs picking fruit but had to campout beneath a bridge for several months before finding a more "suitable" place to sleep.  Based on their stories, I doubt today's spoiled citizens could handle such challenges!

        There are a lot of ways to succeed, but one sure way to fail is to quit.

        by jedennis on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 07:34:42 PM PST

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        •  My Dad's family was middle-class but fell on hard (2+ / 0-)
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          times in the late 20's & he was lucky to get a sales job in 1930 where his car was a Model A with no heater, no wind-shield wipers, and a crank starter that he drove all over North Jersey & back & forth to NYC in the middle of the winter.  He used to say that he used more antifreeze (booze) than gasoline during the winter, stopping at every other bar along the way to get warm by a variety of methods, until his sales manager went with him on a long sales trip, said, "This is ridiculous," & got him a car with a heater.

          No wonder he lived to within a month of his 99th birthday: He was, as he used to say, freeze-dried, pickled, & smoked. (Everyday until well into his 70's, he smoked a couple of packs, plus a few big stogies.)

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