This has been on libcom but seems very worth mentioning.
It certainly seems possible that revolts in the American Gulag may have slow reverberations through-out this country.
I was speaking to a friend of mine in central California yesterday, also.
He described a vast number of people living in foreclosed but unclaimed houses.
The crisis seems to be gradually reaching a level where it is hard to avoid. At the same time, the ruling class' efforts to censor the Internet might be their response to this - crisis gets worse = control information more.