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    What can a 15-year-old stripper in Kentucky tell you about China?

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    Published: April 3, 2020 Updated: April 3, 2020

    Note: This post is adapted from my original viral Twitter thread.

    From November 2003 through July 2005, I worked in the prepaid cell phone and phone card industry.

    Most of my work was in BFE meth towns and urban ghettoes.

    I learned things about the poor in America you won’t want to believe…

    But this story needs to be told.

    The situation was horrible in 2005.

    The opioid crisis was already in full swing in rural Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, and Ohio.

    Back then, small towns in Western Kentucky had nothing going on.

    “Commerce” amounted to a Super 8 motel, a few gas stations, and fast food.

    If you were in one of the better towns, you might have had the option to feast at Applebee’s.

    The social situation matched the commerce—broke and destitute.

    Hell, Western Kentucky wasn’t even “rich” enough for meth…

    Everybody was on crank, which is basically the same thing, but with lower quality and produced by someone with fewer teeth.

    One day, after delivering phones all over Western Kentucky, I decided to have a drink at a titty bar in Christian County (lol).

    Keep in mind that Western Kentucky is basically a live episode of “People of Walmart.” In other words, not exactly the place to find beautiful women brimming with the energy of life.

    But as soon as I entered that titty bar, this lithe angel—wearing a white lacey thing—floated over to my table like a moth drawn to flame.

    She sat in my lap and soaked up my attention as if it were the only resource left on this Earth.

    She was by far the most attractive woman I’d seen in weeks of working Western Kentucky.

    Young, beautiful, giving me lots of energy—what the hell was she doing in such a desolate, hopeless place?

    After half an hour of conversation, she asked to leave the bar with me!

    Well, this set off every internal alarm I’ve got.

    The situation went from pleasant-but-strange to “what the hell is going on here?”

    I was 23 years old at the time—and not exactly the poster child for self-restraint or giving a f*ck.

    But I knew something wasn’t right.

    I grabbed the girl’s hand and pulled it close to inspect it.

    Her skin was perfect. She was young.

    Was this a sting?

    I began to suspect this girl wasn’t 18. And what did she want?

    She started begging me to leave with her.

    I told her there was no way in hell that was gonna happen, and in fact, I had to GTFO because things seemed shady.

    That’s when she told me:

    “I’m only 15.”

    *I blink twice in a moment of stunned silence*

    “Please, I’ll leave with you right now and we can go get some crank.”

    And there it was.

    She was 15. Stripping. And addicted to drugs made by people with 2-digit IQs who never attended a high school chemistry class.

    Equipped with this new perspective, I started feeling worse and worse about the work I was doing.

    No wonder everybody looks like People of Walmart.

    No wonder there’s no commerce.

    No wonder there’s no energy.

    Small town America was rotting from the inside-out.

    When people talk about the opioid crisis now, all I can think is—

    It was REALLY F’N BAD 15 years ago.

    It’s got to be HELL now.

    What happened? Where do we go from here?

    Well, now we have fentanyl.

    Instead of becoming hopelessly addicted and having their lives slip away slowly, addicts can now enjoy death’s sweet embrace at any moment thanks to a tainted supply.

    Do you know where fentanyl comes from?

    China.

    And now we also have the coronavirus (COVID-19), which has got me thinking about China’s bullsh*t:

    Opioids
    Fentanyl
    Synthetic viruses

    All trash.

    But one thing is far worse, IMO:

    Chinese manufacturing

    Have you ever thought about this?

    For most of her life, America has been a rural nation.

    When transportation was worse, America’s population was even more spread out than it is now.

    Does that make any damn sense?

    Many factors play a role here, obviously, but the most important one—and the one that drove and sustained American cities from 1865 through 1960—was manufacturing.

    America is where $#@! got made (at least version 1.0).

    When that started to change, America changed with it.

    As America became more of a regulatory state, pressure to keep prices down (while remaining compliant) became a primary animating force for manufacturing companies.

    And as a result, low-skilled labor got outsourced to countries where abuse and exploitation were tolerated.

    From the 1970s through the present, China has been more than happy to absorb the manufacturing that floated every small American town through the first half of the 20th century.

    Worker abuse? Human rights?

    Meh.

    China got what it wanted—a foothold for economic growth.

    With the western world relying on China for manufacturing, China had an economic insurance policy that would cause short-term chaos for any nation that wished to untether itself from them.

    It’s fair to blame American companies for moving manufacturing to China.

    I’m more likely to blame the regulatory climate, but I concede that worldwide imbalances in cost of living will inevitably shift manufacturing centers to wherever is cheapest.

    But I look at this whole situation, and I think about:

    the way small American towns worked when manufacturing happened here
    that 15yo girl, stripping and addicted to crank
    the destitute feeling of small-town America in the 21st century

    God damn.

    In a way, we are all complicit.

    We want nice stuff at low prices.

    We want to feel like we operate in a humane, high-brow way.

    But in reality, we’ve just moved the really bad “sins” to places where we don’t have to feel like we’re accountable (like China).

    And we are blind.

    We mortgaged America’s small towns and her children to achieve these goals.

    I cannot look at COVID-19 or iPhones or opioids or anything without thinking about China and how America has hitched her wagon to this rotten death spiral.

    In hindsight, what was that 15yo girl supposed to do?

    In 2020, there’s no social anything in Bum$#@!, America.

    There are few factories where men—her potential suitors—could have stable jobs.

    There’s no energy moving into those communities; nothing new is on the horizon.

    We cannot continue down this path.

    It’s time to move manufacturing back to America.

    All of it.

    It’s immoral to do business the way we have, especially since it’s all in the name of cheaper goods and more socially-acceptable PR.

    But nobody talks about the American human cost.

    We have paid enough.

    Although we can get stuffed animals for $0.86 apiece and iPhones for $1000, we haven’t done a full accounting of the cost of shifting manufacturing to China.

    What’s the cost of dissolving America’s network of small towns, leaving only urban centers?


    What about the people?

    To me, this is a lot like the mental vs. physical balance we all must strive for to be effective players in life.

    America has focused on one thing—the physical, in this case—at the expense of the mental.

    We are out of balance.

    And we have leaned on China to get here.



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    What can a 15-year-old stripper in Kentucky tell you about China?

    No much likely..

    But that is some real Epic Anti-Chinese Propaganda..

    Like hookers never existed before China.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pcosmar View Post
    What can a 15-year-old stripper in Kentucky tell you about China?

    No much likely..

    But that is some real Epic Anti-Chinese Propaganda..

    Like hookers never existed before China.
    The whole point is..... America First!
    If the stampman tells you to kiss his ass, shall he get away with it and live? Don't let your courage cool, or a few bullies scare you. We've nothing to fear but slavery. Love your liberty, and fight for it like men who know its value. Once lost it will never, never be regained.
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    As hard as this has hit America I can't help but feel for the people of China and the price they have had to pay because the world wants cheap goods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Working Poor View Post
    As hard as this has hit America I can't help but feel for the people of China and the price they have had to pay because the world wants cheap goods.
    Heck,, they got jobs.


    Didn't Romney sell them the factories for that sort of thing?
    Liberty is lost through complacency and a subservient mindset. When we accept or even welcome automobile checkpoints, random searches, mandatory identification cards, and paramilitary police in our streets, we have lost a vital part of our American heritage. America was born of protest, revolution, and mistrust of government. Subservient societies neither maintain nor deserve freedom for long.
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    Registered Ron Paul supporter # 2202
    It's all about Freedom

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mach View Post
    The whole point is..... America First!
    I got a story about a 15 yr old girl.. several really,, lived with her a couple years..

    Not really sure how many felonies were involved in our first date.

    70s were a freer time,,and freedom was limited then.
    Liberty is lost through complacency and a subservient mindset. When we accept or even welcome automobile checkpoints, random searches, mandatory identification cards, and paramilitary police in our streets, we have lost a vital part of our American heritage. America was born of protest, revolution, and mistrust of government. Subservient societies neither maintain nor deserve freedom for long.
    Ron Paul 2004

    Registered Ron Paul supporter # 2202
    It's all about Freedom

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcosmar View Post
    What can a 15-year-old stripper in Kentucky tell you about China?

    No much likely..

    But that is some real Epic Anti-Chinese Propaganda..

    Like hookers never existed before China.
    I have been in favor of tariffs and trade restrictions on Chinese goods for years.

    If that makes me a racist too, well, so what?

    Everything I say or do to protect myself and my family and my children and my country is now racist...so that word is now meaningless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Federalist View Post
    I have been in favor of tariffs and trade restrictions on Chinese goods for years.

    If that makes me a racist too, well, so what?

    Everything I say or do to protect myself and my family and my children and my country is now racist...so that word is now meaningless.
    Nationalist,,not racist..

    and the US should have never Abandoned Manufacturing,,but it did.

    China simply picked up the slack,,and supplied products to the market.

    Blame the venture Capitalists that sold us out.. and STOP calling the Capitalists in China Communist.(they never were)

    I don't blame the Chinese people for their corrupt Government.. They have less say in it than we do.
    Liberty is lost through complacency and a subservient mindset. When we accept or even welcome automobile checkpoints, random searches, mandatory identification cards, and paramilitary police in our streets, we have lost a vital part of our American heritage. America was born of protest, revolution, and mistrust of government. Subservient societies neither maintain nor deserve freedom for long.
    Ron Paul 2004

    Registered Ron Paul supporter # 2202
    It's all about Freedom



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    Maybe we should put some trade restrictions on Afghanistan to stop 90% of the heroin from coming in?

    Where customers will do anything for your product there will always be people finding a way to provide it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Working Poor View Post
    As hard as this has hit America I can't help but feel for the people of China and the price they have had to pay because the world wants cheap goods.
    If the government of China would let the workers strike we'd get a slap in the face when our iPhone prices double. But, then again manufacturing will simply go where labor is cheapest to manufacture possible from China to Africa?
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    The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the Federal Reserve Notes of patriotic central banks

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    Pop quiz:

    What does a 15 year old meth addict, opioids from Afghanistan and Big Pharma addictions and Chinese manufacturing all have in common?

    Answer: Nothing, except being all funded by the global dollar trade system. But yeah let's make a bunch of logical leaps to blame the Chinese for all of it. Kissinger is very proud of OP's article.


    Quote Originally Posted by kpitcher View Post
    Maybe we should put some trade restrictions on Afghanistan to stop 90% of the heroin from coming in?

    Where customers will do anything for your product there will always be people finding a way to provide it
    Dude, stop making sense. Trump is too busy kicking the deep state's ass to order the CIA to stop importing heroin into the country. Just ask dannno about it.
    Last edited by devil21; 04-07-2020 at 11:43 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Warlord View Post

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauls' Revere View Post
    If the government of China would let the workers strike we'd get a slap in the face when our iPhone prices double. But, then again manufacturing will simply go where labor is cheapest to manufacture possible from China to Africa?
    North Korea . There are a lot of garments marked china now being made there .



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