“Hunger Games ‘Lite’” = USA ca. 2013. And “I prefer not to.”
This multi-part post by Todd at Survival Sherpa is an important read.
That would be true even if it didn’t also plug Rats!, the FREE anti-snitch book. (Thank you for that, Todd. And thank you, D, for the find.)
I attended a local preparedness fair over the weekend. It was, to say the least, sparsely attended. There was a smattering of people there when it opened. But by 1:00, when I returned to attend a presentation on preparedness for pets, the exhibitors had been reduced to browsing each other’s tables. Some were packing up and leaving even though the event was only half done.
I’d like to think this was because the fair fell after last month’s official Doomsday and everybody has temporarily dropped the subject, just as they did after Y2K. But the woman giving the pet presentation remarked that she’s done countless prep fairs over the years and that not much has changed.
The average age of attendees, she said, is usually 60+ and virtually everyone attending has already done a fair bit of prepping and is merely looking for extra tips. The young ones and the newbies aren’t showing up.
“Is the government planning to kill you?” Neema Vedadi and Michael W. Dean discuss several recent mysterious deaths of people in the gun-rights and/or freedom communities.
They also talk about my recent blog post talking to the would-be gun banners.
Over the years, friends and strangers have worried about my safety because I make noise. I’ve never worried. Yes, this country has changed a lot. Its armed agents are definitely becoming more ruthless to those who don’t play by their rules. Aaron Swartz. Bradley Manning. If they can’t kill you they’ll just hound you to death or lock you up forever in miserable straits. Hell, do you doubt for one minute that the fedgov would kill Julian Assange if they could get their hands on him? Drone strikes and covert assassinations. Indefinite detention and …
What do I mean, rules? These people no longer respect any rule but “he who runs the government makes the rules.” Still, I count on free speech being the last untouchable remnant of our ancient rights. Mere ranters seem largely immune. And even as ranters go, I am very, very small potatoes.
But I admit that recently I’m finding this country a damned scary place.