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originally posted by: frayedknot
Well, rally the troops! Let's enlist our children and loved ones, so that we can give MOAR to this country that is robbing us blind. Can I please sign up to further the agenda of those powerful people, who make sure that insider trading is legal for them and illegal for us? Can I please vow the blood of the people I love most to help them turn a profit and further their political prowess? Can we get it started soon because I am itching to kill a mother, father, kid, dog..anything.
Pipe-line gas: China, Russia, BRICS
War has been in the works for a long time. As far as my family goes, we are not going to fuel THEIR pockets, (with blood or money).
Have fun playing soldier.
originally posted by: Skadi_the_Evil_Elf
I would only go if the U.S. itself was actually in danger. I wouldn't if all we plan on doing is "liberating" other countries.
originally posted by: Phage
From the point of view of one who went through duck and cover drills...
In a world war you would have neither the opportunity or option to help either the war effort
As of today it is estimated that ONLY 1% of the population actually goes to much of any effort to prepare and store up enough of what they need to survive a true calamity. This means a huge majority of the population fails, yes fails, to have much of anything if and WHEN what they need each day to live evaporates quickly. Most people have no clue what life will be like after the grocery stores close. They simply cannot grasp the horrors that will befall those people that have not put away for tomorrow or prepared contingencies for life threatening emergencies.
Instead of taking some time, effort , and money to safeguard themselves and their families, they have a wide array of reasons (excuses) for why prepping is crazy and not at all necessary.
There exist a magnitude of what are called TRUE civilization altering or world-as-we-know-it ending events that could happen. Many have already occurred throughout history, as well as within just the last decade. The fact is , it’s only a matter of time before these catastrophes happen again.
People who choose not to prepare for their families will be faced with life and death situations that few have ever experienced before.
Without water people will die within a few days. Without food people will die within a few weeks. Without everyday necessities people will die in hordes from varying ailments and diseases. Without what they are accustomed to on a daily basis, people will suffer and most will die. This absolutely does not have to happen to such a high percentage of the population, but sadly it will unless more people understand there is no real excuse for NOT preparing.
The following are 35 of the most common excuses and causes cited by the 99% of the population who don’t prepare.
1. Oh come on, it is never going to happen, my area is safe, I am safe.
Fact/Answer: The overall odds increase of having a mega or even a lesser catastrophe as the population grows and cities grow in size. Just like increasing the size of a target, it is easier and more likely to get hit. Even if your area doesn’t get hit, your location can be cut off from getting vital supplies from areas that DID get hit. Every single spot on the planet is a target, from natural disasters to terrorism to war to pandemics to a black swan event that no one expects. No one is invulnerable anywhere and living this way is delusional and totally unrealistic.
2. I am convinced that everything is recoverable and my area will get back to normal quickly.
Fact/Answer. The media and government have longed ingrained into people’s minds that no matter what happens, it is repairable. Fortunately up until now there has not been a type of event that is so severe and widespread that recovery is very long or requires massive clean-up involving millions of people and trillions of dollars. There are potential disasters that occur on regular time frames that could easily be ranked as hundreds of times worse than anything we’ve ever seen in our lifetimes. The New Madrid fault zone and San Andreas fault are a couple of examples. A solar induced super EMP (electro magnetic pulse) which occurred in 1812, 1857, and 1859 is another. Fukushima is a recent example how bad things can get almost in a matter of just 24 hours.
3. No matter how horrible it is, help will eventually come, I just have to wait it out.
Fact/Answer. Help can come IF there are people and resources available. All of the recent disasters have been fairly isolated and allow the majority of the unaffected population to come to the rescue of those in need. What happens when an entire country is affected – or most of the world? Assuming that your government or someone will reach your area with help and supplies no matter what is dangerous. The government is going to spread help to areas of the highest priority FIRST. Your area could be weeks or months away from help and you could be long dead before help and supplies arrive.
4. Even if something happens, there are plenty of food and supplies for everyone in my city.
Fact/Answer. Ever seen towns and cities cut off by winter storms? Food in supermarkets, food warehouse stores, and restaurants, are extremely limited – perhaps one to seven days at best. To prove this take your population where you live and divide this by the number of grocery stores in your city or town. Now go into one of these stores and look around and consider how fast a few hundred or a few thousand people could empty that store. You see all those trucks coming in each day carrying food and supplies for these stores. Imagine those deliveries stopping. Food will disappear faster than anyone can imagine.
5. My state government, my community, my neighbors will not abandon me and let me starve.
Fact/Answer. It’s a pure numbers game. If food and other necessities are not there for the state to distribute, then everyone who has failed to put away for such a disaster will go hungry. Your neighbors are likely to be in the same boat as you if 99% of the people don’t prep. Those that did prepare are likely to not share with a bunch of people that choose not to. Taking food from those that did store up will not be an easy task, as they will likely be well armed. It is extremely selfish to expect your neighbor to sacrifice their family because you determined that preparing was too much effort. Simply don’t be the 99% that don’t prepare.
6. I have a 3 day supply of food, the government and others tell me that this is plenty.
Fact/Answer. Three days go by awfully quickly, and as we saw in Hurricane Katrina help took much longer than that to arrive. If it is possible, a bare minimum of 30 days worth of food, water, and other supplies should be considered for all families. In the past, during “lightweight” SHTF events, help arrived 1-2 weeks after the disaster occurred such as areas hit by a great earthquake or mega hurricane. Severe disasters require much longer times for real help to arrive.
7. I have lots of credit cards, I will purchase anything I need in my city or nearby cities.
Fact/Answer. First of all, credit is something that ONLY works when systems connected to the outside world function properly. People think that these little “magical” pieces of plastic will save them in all circumstances. This misconception is something that will flatten those who go out and try to buy food because the banks are not allowing or are simply unable to process any credit or debit cards. Cash is necessary for buying what you need – have a fair amount in ALL denominations from 20′s down to 1′s. Additionally, if your backup plan is to drive to another city to purchase emergency supplies you may not be able to get out of your area due to lack of fuel or closed roads. Again, have your own supplies BEFORE it happens.
8. My water faucets will have water, even if it is temporarily shut off, they will not let us go thirsty.
Fact/Answer. Water pipes that bring water to your home require power, without power there is no water. Those expecting water trucks to bring drinking water to their neighbor should not count on it. Those wh
originally posted by: mikeone718
I'd help the war effort by becoming one less mouth to feed and head for Argentina.
The only way I'd put myself in harm's way is if foreign troops stepped foot on our land - definitely not in support of politics, foreign affairs, oil, etc.