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Published on the Doomstead Diner on July 10, 2014

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESA few weeks ago right after I got the new Electric Wheelz, I took them on their first major Test Drive in the Colony Days Parade held every year in Palmer.  Along with the July 4th Parade in Wasilla and the Alaska State Fair Parade when it opens in August, these are the 3 main Parades held in the Mat-Su Valley during the Summer.

Parades are a traditional Celebration of Victory of one sort or another, beginning of course with Military Victories, but extending to Sports Victories too of course, every time the Mets or Yankees win a World Series, they of course get a Ticker Tape parade down Wall Street, despite the fact nobody uses stock tickers anymore with paper tape output, the Piglets view all the latest HFT Data on their Bloomberg Terminals these days.

What Parades here in the FSoA have evolved into is mostly a Celebration of the Consumer Culture, and every local bizness gets a Float to advertize their biz as they march down the parade route, passing out Candy to all the kiddies long the route.  Along with the Biz Floats  though, there always are Political Floats for various Candidates for local political office, Boy Scout Troops, and invariably also a group from the local VFW with a Support Our Troops float.

In this parade, our Biz happened to be marching directly behind such a VFW SOT group, who while they didn’t have a float, did sport a dude in a Polar Bear costume, a Disabled Vet of probably the Vietnam War era, and an Amplified Music System playing non-stop “Patriotic” Music.  Cruising behind them, I got a couple of Vids with the “Scooter Cam”. 🙂

The tune on the Loop which got to me the most was a Toby Keith “country music” type song I had never heard before, “Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue”.  The lyrics are an unabashed glorification of militarism, a complete propaganda piece selling the idea that we send out our soldiers only after being attacked for our “Freedoms” (cough, spit, PUKE), but man if you do attack us, we will light you up like Vietnam on a Summer’s Day in 1969.

Now this nation that I love
Has fallen under attack
A sucker punch came flyin’
From somewhere in the back
As soon as we could see clearly
Through our big black eye
Man we lit up your world
Like the fourth of July.

And Uncle Sam put your name at the top of his list
And the Statue of Liberty started shaking her fist
And the Eagle will fly, and it’s gonna to be hell
When you hear Mother Freedom start ringing her bell
And it’ll feel like the whole wide world’s raining down on you.
Brought to you courtesy of the red, white, and blue.

Here’s the Full Official Music Video of this tune, for those of you who like me may have never heard it before:

Gotta love the Cheering Soldiers and Patriots attending Toby’s concerts here, shaking their fists at all the appropriate moments.

This sort of War Propaganda Patriotic Music has a long history, you could go at least as far back as the Battle Hymn of the Republic to get a stomach full of this shit.

My particular favorite in this genre is Johnny Horton, who died pretty young back in 1960 but had huge popularity with his Amerikana Songs, Sink the Bismark being one of my favorites of this type.

What you will find if you go over and view this on You Tube is that the Ads that come at the beginning are all basically RECRUITMENT ads for joining the Military.  These songs get those Patriotic Juices Flowing, be  a HERO, defend our FREEDOMS!  A complete crock of shit of course, none of these wars were ever about fighting for Freedom, all were about fighting for control over global resources.

What the Face of War really looks like is none so glorious as any of this propaganda makes it out to be.  These days though, besides the stuff you can pull down from Social Media sites and the Iphones of various locals being Bombed Back to the Stone Age by our Glorious War Machine, you don’t see any of the gruesome outcomes of war, unless it is our Propaganda machine trying to demonize the other side by showing the outcome of the latest “Terrorist” bombing.  Who’s the bigger terrorist here, the guy with a few sticks of Dynamite strapped to his chest, or the Drone Pilot delivering Death From Above with Cruise Missiles with explosive power in the kiloton range, and that is just the non-nuke stuff!

When we saw the horror during the Vietnam War era, it helped mobilize an anti-war movement, so nowadays you don’t get to see such things anymore.  That was the Past.  Now we do “Surgical” strikes with little collateral damage.  More total bullshit of course.  It STILL looks like this!

You don’t think so?  Here’s a pic from a few days ago of an Israeli Air Strike on the Gaza Strip:

War is not about Freedom for anybody, EVER.  War is always about CONTROL, not Freedom.  If you are on the “winning” side in a War, whatever freedom YOU got out of it came at the expense of Freedom LOST by some dead guy on the other side.

The whole pathetic nonsense of this kind of War Glorification inspired a Rant I recorded right after the Colony Days Parade, but it has been in the cooler for a while here as a whole lot of other stuff has been going on, and I haven’t had time to put together all the vids and so forth to work up an article until now.

 Snippet:

…Our Biz was marching right behind a Support Our Soldier Group playing non-stop Johnny Horton type Freedom and Democracy songs, and not only that sporting a WWII era Veteran in a Wheelchair as well. Still not sure how parading the maimed victims of War works to help perpetuate it, but in just about every parade of any type, even a parade celebrating a Mets Victory in the World Series you get your Veterans marching, or being wheeled in display along the parade route.

How long will these Parades continue onward here, celebrating Victories that are in truth DEFEATS? Over in Iraq, the great Victory of Desert Storm 1 & 2 has devolved into further Civil War there, nothing was won other than to keep Oil flowing out of Iraq a few years longer, so Happy Motoring could continue on here. How long will it take the parade marchers and parade spectators to actually see the TRUTH, that Industrial Civilization is collapsing right before their very eyes?…

For the rest, LISTEN TO THE RANT!

WAKE UP AMERIKA!  DON’T BUY THIS PROPAGANDA ANYMORE!  DO NOT ENLIST, DO NOT ACCEPT CONSCRIPTION.

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So do your duty, boys, and join with pride
Serve your country in her suicide
Find the flags, so you can wave goodbye
But just before the end even treason might be worth a try
This country is too young to die

HEROES OF THE REVOLUTION EDWARD SNOWDEN. AARON SWARTZ, JULIAN ASSANGE

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Becoming Anonymous: Which Side are YOU on?

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In his article The Orkin Man: Which Side Are You On,  my fellow Admin here on the Diner Surly detailed his POV on how the Battle Lines shape up, along with all the excesses that result when Humanity resorts to violence as a means to resolve its problems, which basically amount to the inability we have shown over the last few millenia to share the resources of Mother Earth in some equitable fashion.  At least inside Western and Asian Ag societies through this period anyhow that has been the case.  My rebuttal to that article came in Unforgiven.

Which Side are You On? is a Miner’s Folk song which comes from the early years of Coal Mining in the FSofA, and in his post Surly details the Battle of Blair Mountain, in which Striking Miners were violently squashed down by the FSofA Military.  Same Military which later would squash down the Bonus Army during the Great Depression on the shores of the Potomac River around Washington.

Apache HelicopterOf course we are now set up for very much the same type of Confrontations again, and in those Mass Battles between J6P armed with Hunting Rifles and the Military armed to the TEETH with everything from LRAD to AR-15s to Apache Helicopter Gunships, getting into this sort of melee with TPTB is pretty much a LOSING PROPOSITION, on this topic Surly and I are in Full Agreement.

Now, there are numerous suggestions/ideas/philosophies discussed every day inside the Diner regarding how best to proceed given the vast Force Differential between TPTB and J6P.  Among them are Peaceful Protest and Withdrawal of Consent as Alternatives to Massed Violent Confrontation, but something of a Middle Ground does exist here in the form of the Assymetric Warfare of Anonymous. Diner  A.G. Gelbert and I recently had an exchange on this topic inside the Diner which I will include here below.

The Anon fight is quite different, it is much more an Individual fight, and these days it is not easy to remain Anon in any regard.  We discussed these difficulties in the thread.

Besides this tangent though, another very important Moral Question was broached, which is the CHOICE we all have to make in one sense or another as to which side of this Battle we will line up on, besides HOW we might fight it.  By ENLISTING in the Military rather than waiting to be Conscripted, you can have a better choice of Jobs which have higher survival percentage, and possibly lower Suicide Rates also, though that is not clear at the moment.

The choices that existed during the Vietnam Era are less possible these days.  Likelihood would be now if you managed to cross the Hoser Border to the Great White North they would Conscript you up into THEIR Division of the Big Ass Military.  Swimming the Rio Grande in a Reverse Wetbacking Escape Attempt doesn’t seem like a bright idea either, you would be Dodging Bullets in the ongoing “Drug War”, and as Peter has mentioned inside the diner, Gringos are likely to be Targets for this stuff pretty soon down there.

So the questions are many here.  HOW to negotiate this Shitstorm, HOW best to make a fight if you choose to do so, WHICH side to Line Up with in the Battle for All the Marbles?  Or perhaps you still do try to run away, RUN AWAY FAR, RUN AWAY FAST?  To WHERE do you RUN then?  If you have a Sailboat, do you point it towards Pitcairn Island and join the Inbred Descendants of Fletcher Christian and the rest of the Bounty Mutineers and improve their Genetic Diversity?  This does not seem a fabulous alternatie either, even if you can pull it off.

If you decide to hit the Streets in Massed Peaceful Protest, linking Arms and singing “We Shall Overcome”, how long do you last out there when the Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets and LRAD come out?  If you go the route of the Miners from Blair Mountain and show up with your Hunting Rifles, how long do you last when the Apache Helicopter Gunships arrive to bring Death From Above?  If you try to make the Fight Anon, how LONG can you stay Anon, and WHAT can you actually accomplish in such an Asymmetric battle?

If you decide SURVIVAL is your Imperative and you VOLUNTARILY join the Army of Darkness, HOW do you LIVE with yourself after that?

Morton’s Forks abound here, many CHOICES to be made, NONE of them very good, but perhaps some a bit better than others.

The discussion from inside the Diner looks at these questions in some detail, so let us review it here:


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« Reply #24 on: Today at 03:03:17 PM »

RE”  Become Anonymous”
Impossible RE. It cannot be done anymore.
I tried to make an anonymous contribution with my pay pal account last month and it cannot be done.

Definitely know the Pay Pal problem.  When we did that BRAZOS Fundraiser for WHD, I tried to make an Anon Contribution by purchasing a Visa Gift Card for Cash at Safeway and using that to make the online contribution.  No go, Pay Pal would not take that card number.  In the end I snail mailed the card to WHD.  Not anonymous to him, but at least Da Goobermint doesn’t have a record of my donation.
Cash FRNs remain pretty much the last Anon form of Money.  If you have Gold for instance, if you sell it to a Gold dealer for some Cash, anything over I think $600 has to be individually reported to Da Goobermint.
Remaining truly Anon on the net can only be done by very accomplished Hackers using proxy servers, and they have to be at least as good as the Spooks who try to track them down.
Far as Travel goes, you can’t do Anon in a Car of course, they have to be registered.  You can still get around Anon on a Bicycle and even some of the lower end Mopeds.
Obviously Air travel can’t be done Anon, and even though I haven’t done it I am pretty sure you have to show Identification to buy an Intercity Bus Ticket nowadays.  I recently took a ride on the Alaska Railroad and you get your Ticket with your Name printed on it, not Transferrable.  However, I didn’t have to show any ID for it, we bought the tickets in bulk and just provided a Manifest to the Railroad ticket office.  Any names could have been on it.  No idea what the situation is on Amtrak down in the Lower 48.
With all the gobs of Security Cameras in stores and on City streets now wired into the Net, and Gobs of storage space along with facial recognition software, in theory at least you probably could be watched 24/7 as long as you are outside your McMansion.
Inside, the Cameras are still sorta “voluntary” on your Computer or Tablet, but these probably can be hacked into and turned on without your knowledge anytime you have the computer switched on.  Malware stored in the computer could do that even if you are not Online, then upload the recorded video whenever you sign on.  Probably advisable if there is a camera front and back on the Laptop to tape a piece of cardboard over it.
To escape all of this, really you have to drop out of the industrial economy altogether and go rewilding in remote areas.  The situation promises to get ever worse until the Grid and the Net Collapse.
There are a few things you can still do proactively.  One is to do your own Data Encryption of your emails and so forth.  256 bit data encryption is very powerful, and as long as the software is clean without back doors it can’t be broken even by Supercomputers.  You can check the software for backdoors also, at least a decent programmer can because it is not that complex, its just a mathematical algorithm based on Public and Private Keys and prime Numbers.
It would be interesting to see what would happen if I created a Forum on the Diner which was all Encrypted, and only Diners with the Keys could unencrypt it?  Likely I suppose it would get the Diner shut down in no time.
Anyhow, I do agree with you, remaining TRULY Anon with respect to Da Goobermint is about impossible nowadays.  However, you can still try to avoid becoming “Famous” like Julian Assange.  Wikileaks got too Big releasing lots of embarrassing Documents, and Julian was the Face of Wiki.  Julian hadda be taken out.  Now he is a Battle for his LIFE, he has already lost the battle for his FREEDOM.  He is already under a form of House Arrest in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.
We Diners are small fry, a bunch of mostly Old Guys and some UE young ones who complain to each other daily about the loss of Freedom and the destruction of our Planet.  We pose no Threat to TPTB at this point, and none of us are Famous.  So we are allowed at this point to chat as we will, with probably some Spook checking us out every so often for a good laugh while checking the Site Stats.  The Black Escalades don’t show up until you get Big like Wiki and Famous like Julian.
We got a long way to go before that happens, and the Grid and Net will likely fail before we do.  Until then, Hard Harry here will WRITE HARD and…wait for it…

PUMP UP THE VOLUME ON THE DOOMSTEAD DINER!

 

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RE, Back when I joined the nasty guard to avoid a bullet in Nam I was an Intelligence Operations Specialist. We mostly just prepared pilot briefings for mock bombing attacks and made mission flip charts showing where enemy radar, triple A and other hazards were. All of us had top secret clearances, of course. But the sign we had on our office door was one I will never forget and the DD might enjoy:
Air Force Intelligence The nature of our job is so secret that we do not know what we are doing
I kid you not!  :icon_mrgreen:

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RE, Back when I joined the nasty guard to avoid a bullet in Nam I was an Intelligence Operations Specialist.

That is a remarkable Coinkidink AB.  In many prior discussions (with Ross in particular), I have mentioned that one of the better Survival Techniques in a time of Fascism is to JOIN the Fascist Army VOLUNTARILY, and among the safest positions if you are good with Numbers is to get into the Intelligence Department.  Logistics also is not too bad.
At least until the Full On War with the Chinese gets rolling and Carrier Groups start heading for Davey Jones Locker En Masse, the Navy is better than the Army.  The LAST thing you want to get stuck with is as Grunt Infantry in the Army or the Marines.
A 4 year College Degree is a great help also, you go in as an Officer right off the bat.  At least you used to, maybe not anymore though.
Of course, the problem with any of this is in the “Which Side are You On?” area.  No matter what you do or how safe your paticular job is, once in there you are fighting as a Soldier of the Illuminati.  That is a tough Moral Quandary Pill to swallow for most of us nowadays who grasp what is going on now.
Even us Old Fogeys may end up forced to make this choice.  As the Young Grunts are sent off to the Killing Fields, Retired Auto Workers will be called in to man up to the Production Line for Tanks and APCs.  Old Bloggers will be asked to Write Propaganda to help the War Effort.  Write it and you get a Paycheck from Da Goobermint.  Don’t write it, at best you Starve.  Write AGAINST it, you get a One Way Ticket to the Human Waste Reprocessing Facility in San Antonio to be reformulated into MREs for the Troops as soon as they break your Anon and Track You Down.
In the end, just about all of us are likely to have to decide Which Side We Are On and whther to try to Fight it from the Outside or Survive it from the Inside.  The Avoidance Tactic is likely to be quite difficult to undertake.
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RE, If I had the same mindset I have now back then I would have run off to Canada (if my Army officer old man didn’t shoot me first!).
The other day Surly1 posted that DARPA plan to make a pack of humanoid robots. I made some gallows humor out of it but I subsequently read that suicides last month broke all the records in the US military. People just don’t want to do the empire thing at the grunt level any more. It’s getting to them so the reptiles on top are thinking of outsourcing humans to machines. As WHD said, it won’t work; robots are devilishly complex, break down easily in battle dusty situations and, last but not least, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander (see Iran and the super duper secret drone they got their dibs on). It seems the people on top fear us more every day. That fear is driving them nuts. Buying all that ammo? WTF!!?
CFS has left the building of the Gooberment.
I’ll dig up the military suicides  article if you want to read it.
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There are no single solutions that will work for every person in every place.  Circumstances are different for different people, priorities differ, moral and ethical philosphies differ.  All we really can do here is to identify the CHOICES that lay before us all as this spin down proceeds, and in fact gathers speed now.  In terms of PREPARATION though, nothing is more IMPORTANT than preparing your MIND for what is to come here.  More important than #10 Cans of Mountain House Food, more important than Solar PV Cells and Batteries, more important even than Guns & Ammo.  Because if you have not considered it carefully, if you have not played it through in your head, chances are very good no matter how good your Physical Preps are, you will PANIC, and you will not Stay the Course you have thought through here

For this REASON, the Doomstead Diner is here on the Net.  Psychological PREPARATION for the Greatest CHALLENGE to face Homo Sapiens since Toba went Ballistic 75,000 years ago.  No time for DENIAL anymore.  NOW is the time to GET READY, and GET TOUGH.  Because when the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going.

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Militarization of Amerika

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Over on Brandon Smith’s Alt-Net blog, today he reported on Military Maneuvers being conducted on the streets of St. Louis, in St. Charles to be specific.

To most of us Collapse Observers, it’s no surprise that Martial Law is coming. However, I haven’t written an article to date specifically looking at the scenarios leading us into Martial Law, or how we will function under it. so it is time for another RE Thought Experiment.

To begin with, I’ve lived about 45 of my 55 years inside the borders of the FSofA. During that time I have seen few Military in uniform out on the Streets right up until the last 2 years or so.

When I was driving the Freightliner OTR, I passed a few Military Columns, but no more than I can count on my fingers and that is with nearly 7 years and 1M miles on the Interstate under my belt. In addition, said columns were just Humvees and Trucks quite normal to the Interstate, just painted Army Green or Camo.

I can NEVER remember seeing the big Armored Vehicles cruising around anywhere in this last 50 years, nor do I ever remember a Newz Report before the last couple of years carrying stories of Military Maneuvers in Civilian areas of the FSofA. Not even in the Vietnam Era do I remember such stories.

Now, why didn’t you ever see them? In order to deploy them overseas, they have to be moved. They also have to be moved from the factories where they are assembled to the Military Bases here in the FSofA where they are stored until deployed in the latest Imperial Adventure.

My best guess on this is the Factories (which are the few Factories still operating inside these borders) are very close to the Bases where the vehicles are first stored. Then upon deployment, they mostly get air shipped out, at least for a short hop to a coastal Naval Base.

By keeping the Military relatively invisible all these years inside our own borders, it kept alive very well the notion that we are a Peaceful People run by solid Civilian laws under a Democracy. Anybody on the other end of one of our deployments of this hardware knew otherwise of course.

Now however, the Military is coming out of the closet here and onto the city streets

From Brandon:

I have to say that this event, which is being labeled a “training exercise”, makes very little sense to me. U.S. Army troops all the way from Maryland running open exercises in armored personnel carriers on the busy streets of St. Louis? I know Maryland is a small state, but is there really not enough room at Ft. Detrick to accommodate a tank column and some troops? Are there not entire fake neighborhood and town complexes built with taxpayer dollars on military bases across the country meant to facilitate a realistic urban environment for troops to train in? And why travel hundreds of miles to Missouri? At the very least, this is a massive waste of funds.

First off, Brandon is right on the mark in terms of all the Military Bases where there are mock towns and cityscapes upon which to run such training exercises. The Military in fact has a Bigger Budget than even Hollywood for setting up these kind of things, and in fact cooperates with Hollywood in making War Glorification films like Blackhawk down and others of the genre. They can put the Blue Squad into SUVs playing Civilian drivers and the Red the Red Squad into the APCs and Tanks to train the drivers on maneuvering around the behemoths with teensy cars on the road. I DROVE a behemoth, 40 Tons worth of Tractor Trailer 70′ long, and I learned to do it in 2 weeks on the grounds of Schneider National in Green Bay, WI. Not to say I was all that great after 2 weeks, I couldn’t back the thing up worth a damn, but I did manage to stay out of trouble in those first few months out on the open road.

So one can safely assume the Military is NOT doing this because they need to train their drivers this way. They’ve been training said drivers for YEARS here and never needed to do this before, so why now? It is all Psychological Conditioning of course, because TPTB are well aware already that they will have to deploy the Military here to retain control as the Economic system spins down.

In reality, the local PTB have a full fledged Preview of what is coming down the pipe here going on over in MENA and now Eurotrashland as well. More and more in all these places the Tanks and APCs out on the streets are becoming an every day occurrence in the attempt to quell and control the unrest from those who are already off the Economic Cliff.

Besides the Heavy Equipment out on the Streets, the Soldiers in Uniform out in civilian areas is also becoming ever more apparent. I wrote about this in my RE’s Excellent Mexican Dental Adventure series. Flying down to the Lower 48 to then drive to the Mexican border around Yuma, there were an extraordinary number of Soldiers in Uniform travelling around on the commercial jets. Said Soldiers were also given First Class Boarding priviledges as well, allowed to Jump the Line of the normal civilians except for the 1%ers who fly First Class all the time. There were also numerous Signs for “Support our Troops” and announcements over the intercom in the airports carrying much the same message.

Again, as with the Maneuvers out on the streets, in all my years of Flying, I NEVER saw so many folks in Camo. If military personnel were flying commercial at the time, they were wearing Civvies, not Camo. They also have their own jets flying people and supplies all over the country all the time, and Military personnel can hop those jets instead of flying commercial. Why are they out there now in Uniform on Commercial airlines? Again, psychological conditioning getting people used to seeing these folks in all the Airports. They aren’t carrying AR-15s yet, but they will be no doubt.

The propaganda is endless, beginning with the “Support Our Troops” meme which goes back forever in time, even before those WWII Posters and Vietnam. This form of propaganda plays on Patriotism by linking your “Love of Country” with the efforts of “your” Soldiers who go out and risk their lives to defend your “Freedom”. In the vietnam Era this one got turned on its head for a while, and returning Vets were actually excoriated for their participation in the War, which of course they had little choice about since Conscription was in effect. The only way out of that was to forego your “Love of Country” and run cross border to Canada. Or else try to get Group W’ed out of the War Effort as Unfit for Service.

As I watched the Video Brandon put up from the St. Louis affiliate of the MSM, another fact struck me which was that the Army Spokesman was Black. We all know the Military takes in the poor folks as Cannon Fodder, but this caused me to go Google up the latest stats on Racial Distribution in the Military.

The first one I came up with was from our friends at the Heritage Foundation, a well known Illuminati Think Tank and Propaganda organ.  The Ph.D.s in charge of this study came to the conclusion that it is a MYTH that the military is over-represnted by the Brown Skinned folks.  This seemed unlikely to me at first so I kept looking and found this chart of CASUALTIES in the Military since 1980

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As you can see, roughly 25% of the casualties are from the major minority populations of the FSofA, and this jibes with population statistics for the country as a whole as well.  So in fact if you believe all these Stats, the Heritage Foundation Ph.Ds are correct in their assessment that  the current Military is not in fact over-represented by minorities.

So why is it my sense is that I see more Black Spokesmen appearing for the Military here, and what is the real dyamic involved?

The likelihood here is that in an All Volunteer Army where the Army is pretty Selective, they actually pull from more of the Middle Class than they do the Poor.  They want folks who basically fit into the Social Norm and buy the Amerikan Dream.  Of course no stats are available on how mnay 1%ers go to the Great Beyond in their Military Service, if they even do serve.

Moving into the future in a Conscription scenario, my suspicion is this dynamic changes substantially.  In this case the Army needs as many Warm Bodies for Cannon Fodder as it can get its hands on, and the ones least able to Avoid conscription are the Poor and Minority groups.

Which brings us round to the reason I see more Black Spokesman for the Military.  This is a propaganda effort softening up this group to accept Conscripition when it comes down the pipe.

Military on the Streets is an inevitable outcome of the Economic spin down for numerous reasons.  A major reason is that despite the Militarization of the Gestapo with the RoboCop Riot Gear and their own smaller scale Armored Vehicles, most Big Shity Gestapo forces don’t have the Numbers or the Equipment to handle really large scale Civil Disturbances.  Said Big Shities are also rapidly running out of Money to fund these Police Forces, though no doubt by now they are getting back door financing from FEMA.  the only organization left still on the Big Gravy Train is the Big Ass Military, and the Centralization idea dictates that when TSHTF in earnest, FSofA Military force will be radically increased in size and percentage of the poulation to try to handle the ensuing problems.

The medium term result of all of this is that for a decent while here once this gets going, we will be living under the same type of Military Dictatorship/Totalitarian State that so much of the rest of the world has lived under for decades here now.  the strategies for survival are similar as well, you try to Play Along and Keep Your Nose Clean and not draw the attention of the local Soldiers patrolling your streets.  BAU is very difficult though, because there is always somebody setting off a Car Bomb somewhere and you never know where the latest Riot or flash Mob event will break out.  Overall, this grinds down the economy in the neighborhood.

This has gone on for a long time in the 3rd World because of the ability to push endless Debt out and refund new Dictators all the time with their bunch of Thugs.  Moving into the future here though as the spin down works its way into the Center of NATO and the  BAM, they too will be unable to access working Credit to run their Oppression Machine.  The Military will then begin to Fracture, much as the Roman Army did in the latter stages of the Roman Empire.

What is difficult to predict of course is how long the period of Militarized Fascism will last before it breaks down into competing factions, or exactly how much of the world will still be left standing after this period is over either.  Because of course all this is not occurring in a Vaccum, it will result in Global Wars as well as Civil Violence.  best guess for me stil remains around 5 years from the time it really gets going in earnest until the logistics fall apart, locally stationed Troops are not getting deliveries of Food and Fuel rations and most of the Big Hardware is all at the Bottom of Davey Jones Locker.

How do you SURVIVE this period of Extreme Militarized Fascism?  Duck and cover baby.  If you are of Conscription Age, your choices are either to toss your I-phone into the dumpster and disappear into the Wilderness or else to Volunteer before you get Press Ganged and hopefully get yourself into a fairly safe role as a Soldier of the Illuminati.  I highly recommend Cryptography/Intelligence if you are a Math Wizard.  I don’t think blowing your foot off with a shotgun will work this go round, that probably just gets you a ticket to the Human Waste Reprocessing Facility in San Antonio.

If you are an Old Fogey, hopefully you can do something Useful to the Illuminati on the Homefront if you also don’t make a run for the Last Bugout in the Mountains.  Do the Rosie the Riveter thing perhaps or care for the next generation of Cannon Fodder or be a Farmer or Fisherman.  Or just call it a day, consider yourself lucky to have lived as long a life as you did as a beneficiary of the Age of Oil, and take your Last Kayak Trip out to sea.  Or finally, you can decide it is time to Go Postal, and take a few of the Bad Guys to the Great Beyond with you.  Those are the choices in this Great Morton’s Fork, and all will be taken by somebody.

Best of Luck to each of you with your choice, and as always, I will…..wait for it….

SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE

RE

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