Third World Service Comes To America

I was born in 1956, and have lived in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area all my life. About twenty years ago, I began noticing a disturbing trend. The services we used to take for granted, that reflected our status as one of the wealthiest areas in the richest country on earth, have changed dramatically for the worst.

When I was a kid, in the 1960s, it never occurred to me that we might lose power for any extended period of time. That only happened during thunderstorms, and it was kind of exciting to light candles and play Monopoly or Scrabble for a few hours. The idea that the electricity would go out during a snowstorm would have been incomprehensible. Ice never worried us, and never caused any power outages, even though all the power lines were above ground back then. My much older sisters-who grew up in the 1940s-have told me things were much the same in that era.

Now, before any of the way too frequent “big” storm watches, snow, ice or otherwise, the mainstream media dutifully passes on the statements from local utility companies, that we must expect massive power outages, possibly lasting for days. With our advances in technology, and the fact many power lines now are below ground, how can we possibly accept a much lower quality of service than we were receiving as long as seventy years ago? A few years ago, during that violent thunderstorm that was subsequently termed a “derecho” (a word I’d never heard before), we lost power for four days. All our power lines are underground. This was a completely ridiculous, inexcusable situation, but I appear to be the only one complaining, or even noticing.

Even more inexplicable is the present tendency of large trees to come crashing down, on power wires or too often into homes, during thunderstorms, or even snow falls. I lived, until the age of nineteen, in a house that had 250 acres of thick woods behind it. There were numerous tall trees in our backyard. Never once, during those nineteen years, did I witness a single tree going down, due to lightning, heavy ice or snow, or wind. Was my experience out of the norm; just a fluky anomaly? Are modern day trees wimpier than they used to be? What is going on?

Then you have the snow removal services. In our area, this is VDOT (Virginia Department of Transportation). I have been ranting and raving about their woeful “performance” for years, but when I was young, and even well into the 1980s, someone cleared the streets much more quickly, thoroughly and efficiently. I’ve grown exasperated watching VDOT plow trucks sitting on the side of the road- often in groups of six or more-while motorists try to cope with that particular un-plowed road. And I’d be a millionaire if I had a dime for every time I’ve seen one of these vehicles driving along with their plows proudly up in the air, plowing nothing. Often these same non-plowing plow trucks are going well below the speed limit, so they are backing traffic up.

I’ve called VDOT, and sent them emails, but they don’t respond. Clearly, it is either their policy to tell their drivers to spend more time with their plows up, instead of actually plowing, or these drivers are sociopaths that enjoy irritating and inconveniencing the public. Either way, we’re not getting First World service any more, from the state agency our tax dollars finance for the purpose of clearing the roads in inclement weather, or the public utility companies we pay ever increasing rates to. And then there are the median strips, and other common areas that local governments are responsible for maintaining. They simply aren’t mowing the grass in those areas, or clearing out the weeds and brush, at anywhere near the level they used to. Thus, we are starting to take on the look of a Third World nation.

As is the case with all our tax dollars, we are paying more and more for less and less. We have more money than any country in the world; there is no excuse for this kind of woeful waste of resources. The question is; why do we accept this reduction of services? I understand that our power grids are pitifully out of date and in dire need of upgrading (and, of course, why weren’t they upgraded long ago?), but even so, we have a right to expect much, much better.

About donaldjeffries

Author of the critically acclaimed best sellers "Hidden History: An Expose of Modern Crimes, Conspiracies, and Cover Ups in American Politics,""Survival of the Richest: How the Corruption of the Marketplace and the Disparity of Wealth Created the Greatest Conspiracy of All," and the newly released "Crimes and Cover Ups in American Politics: 1776-1963." Author of the 2007 sci-fi/fantasy novel "The Unreals," which has been described as a cross between The Wizard of Oz and The Twilight Zone, and compared to A Confederacy of Dunces and classic Russian literature. A second edition of "The Unreals" was published in February 2015 by Pocol Press. Long time JFK assassination researcher. Seeker of truth, proponent of justice and fairness. Enemy of corruption. Sender of as many "tiny ripples of hope" as possible.

Posted on February 20, 2014, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Dear Mr. Jeffries;

    My apologies ahead of time for sending the following inquiry message via this venue.

    I do not know how else to e-mail you about your JFK Debate forum posting regarding Dallas PD Sgt. Patrick Dean.

    I tried to register to join the JFK Education forum, but seem unable to do so. It looks like the forum isn’t accepting any new members?

    If this gets through, again, please forgive me for using this site for this. Hopefully however, you can erase this message after reading it and maybe send me a more appropriate e-mail address?

    Regarding your Patrick Dean thread…I remember seeing a video clip on You Tube years ago where you clearly see and hear Sgt. Patrick Dean ( head of the basement police security ) being interviewed in the Dallas PD building basement by the media right after Oswald was shot there by Jack Ruby.

    In this he comments that when he first heard the gun shot, he gave some thought that it might have been from one of his own men shooting Oswald !

    Now, I can no longer find this video. I understand that this may be the video clip that has been reported missing involving this interview of Dean.

    What I found so telling and important about Dean’s comments in this video clip regarding speculating whether the shot that killed Oswald might have come from one of his own fellow Dallas PD officers, is that it clearly exposes the “true reality” of the extreme hatred ( vengeful hatred ) of Oswald by the very men assigned to provide his security while in their custody.

    This more definitive picture of the Dallas PD’s true attitude toward Oswald definitely adds more logical weight to the idea that some Dallas PD officers wanted Oswald killed so bad they could have arranged for Ruby to gain access to Oswald’s brief but vulnerable transfer presence to do the job they couldn’t do themselves.

    Personally, I feel this is what happened.

    Your view and comments regarding this scenario and the missing Patrick Dean interview tape where he says this would be greatly appreciated.

  2. Joe, I hope you see this. I don’t know why I didn’t reply to you initially, and I apologize for that oversight. If we had an email exchange at that time, I can’t find it. Anyhow, I have started looking into Patrick Dean again- I consider him one of the more interesting figures associated with the events in Dallas. I am going to be writing a “Hidden History 3” book, and will include more JFK assassination stuff, including I think more details about Dean. If you see this, feel free to email me at Thanks!

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