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Civilizations rise, civilizations fall. I’ve always had a great interest in the Roman empire, the model for many modern societies and how it fell, seemingly very quickly and how the world suffered after it’s demise.
I have a brand new conspiracy about the NSA! Why is it the browsers on my computers, tablets and phones run just fine until I start to write a commentary and then it’s lock up city (firefox not responding), we’re sorry, something’s gone wrong and of course my all time favorite “website not found”. Any other time everything is flawless.
I am not alone in thinking that “this is it” and the fall of our civilization has started. The symptoms are all around us. Here are just a few of them – you can probably add more yourself.
1. Takeover of the educational system by one mindset.
2. Government takeover of lives (making dependent upon).
3. Military core leaders replaced with poor choices.
4. Melding of political points of view into one.
It’s not looking good. Not good at all.
But we have a leg up on older civilizations that have come before us and preceded us into the dustbin of history.
Communications. Not just the ability to communicate but do it instantly. Governments have been overthrown in the past 10 years using this instant communication. That is a powerful difference in civilizations.
This might be a big enough difference that can help us survive and keep what the generations before us have given us, our republic.
Consider that before instant communications, a person like Obama would have run the country asunder, seizing absolute power through a coup. But now, even the military is aware of his hijinks.
Without technology, we would have been overrun by the 5th century beheading convert or die religion of peace without any warning.
Thus, some ponderous thoughts for you to keep the winter chill off your bones.
I am from Bosnia. You know, between 1992 and 1995, it was hell. For one year, I lived and survived in a city with 6,000 people without water, electricity, gasoline, medical help, civil defense, distribution service, any kind of traditional service or centralized rule.
Was it difficult to purchase firearms? What did you trade for arms and ammunition?
After the war, we had guns in every house. The police confiscated lots of guns at the beginning of the war. But most of them we hid. Now I have one legal gun that I have a license for. Under the law, that’s called a temporary collection. If there is unrest, the government will seize all the registered guns. Never forget that.
You know, there are many people who have one legal gun, but also illegal guns if that one gets seized. If you have good trade goods, you might be able to get a gun in a tough situation. But remember, the most difficult time is the first days, and perhaps you won’t have enough time to find a weapon to protect your family. To be disarmed in a time of chaos and panic is a bad idea.
Our city was blockaded by the army; and for one year, life in the city turned into total crap. We had no army, no police. We only had armed groups; those armed protected their homes and families.
When it all started, some of us were better prepared. But most of the neighbors’ families had enough food only for a few days. Some had pistols; a few had AK-47s or shotguns.
After a month or two, gangs started operating, destroying everything. Hospitals, for example, turned into slaughterhouses. There was no more police. About 80 percent of the hospital staff were gone. I got lucky. My family at the time was fairly large (15 people in a large house, six pistols, three AKs), and we survived (most of us, at least).
The Americans dropped MREs every 10 days to help blockaded cities. This was never enough. Some — very few — had gardens. It took three months for the first rumors to spread of men dying from hunger and cold. We removed all the doors, the window frames from abandoned houses, ripped up the floors and burned the furniture for heat. Many died from diseases, especially from the water (two from my own family). We drank mostly rainwater, ate pigeons and even rats.
The city was divided into communities along streets. Our street (15 to 20 homes) had patrols (five armed men every week) to watch for gangs and for our enemies.
All the exchanges occurred in the street. About 5 kilometers away was an entire street for trading, all well-organized; but going there was too dangerous because of the snipers.
What knowledge was useful to you in that period?
To imagine the situation a bit better, you should know it was practically a return to the Stone Age.
For example, I had a container of cooking gas. But I did not use it for heat. That would be too expensive! I attached a nozzle to it I made myself and used to fill lighters. Lighters were precious.
If a man brought an empty lighter, I would fill it; and he would give me a tin of food or a candle.
I was a paramedic. In these conditions, my knowledge was my wealth. Be curious and skilled. In these conditions, the ability to fix things is more valuable than gold.
Items and supplies will inevitably run out, but your skills will keep you fed.
I wish to say this: Learn to fix things, shoes or people.
My neighbor, for example, knew how to make kerosene for lamps. He never went hungry.
You read above about how the government there confiscated the registered guns. We know full well that the Liberation Theologists with political power also covet our personal safety devices and want them taken from us.
The thinking is that once the second amendment has been breached, the rest of the constitution will fall.
If it can be done before the next election, Obama will be president for life.
What is interesting to me is that the Obama administration is not even trying to distinguish between mental illnesses in terms of who should, or should not own a gun. In the eyes of the Obama administration, all mental illnesses are created equal. A person with a phobia is just as dangerous as a sociopath. One in six Americans have a “diagnosable anxiety disorder”.
The Obama administration has a new partner in crime and it is the American Psychiatric Association (APA). The APA created the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (5th Edition) which was recently adopted. DSM 5 is highly controversial and has sparked outrage from the mental health practitioners. As many of these practitioners point out, the new DSM-V makes a pathology out of simple and normal behaviors such as grieving for the loss of a loved one.
This constitutes a new subjective approach in diagnosing of mental illness in that it promises to end free speech and any form of political dissent. The federal government has already declared anyone who opposes its unconstitutional policies as having “political paranoia,” which is now diagnosed as a type of mental illness.
Particularly disturbing is that the new manual targets internet users and conspiracy theorists. If someone is judged, by some vague set of criteria, to spend too much time on the internet, they could be judged to be mentally ill and ineligible to own a gun. How are you receiving this information? The chances are that you are, at least according to Obama and Biden, giving in to your internet addiction and reading this article. Under the new Obama guidelines this would be grounds for gun confiscation. The alternative media is predicated on internet readership and listener ship. These groups would be among the first groups to oppose a martial law crackdown, and now they are the first to be targeted.