By Voice of Reason
"It is often said that at any given moment, any society is only 72 hours away from complete anarchy. Why? Because even in the most affluent societies, there isn’t much more than a three day supply of food available. Once food runs out, economic conditions can deteriorate so quickly that they rival scenes found in big Hollywood blockbusters like Mad Max. Look at Venezuela for example, where people have been breaking into zoos, and killing the animals to eat for food.
Don’t expect to hear it from our woefully dishonest mainstream media, aka the “fake media,” but right now in the United States it is estimated that over 15 million teenagers have traded sexual acts on at least one occasion just so they can eat. Some “recovery” isn’t it? Just think, the country isn’t even in a “crisis” yet but the key word there is yet.
Many Americans know in their bones that something about the times we are living in is wrong, very wrong, but they can’t put their finger on what it is. That’s because they’re missing half the pieces to the puzzle. It would be wise to remember, that he who controls information, controls, and right now the American people don’t have the information they desperately need in order to begin taking the necessary steps to protect their families. Make no mistake, that is by design.
The American people already know something is deeply wrong. The problem is the United States is the largest debtor nation on the planet, and we’re in big trouble. Until recently, we were able to finance all that debt by selling U.S. Treasuries, however the market for buyers dried up, since the whole world knows we’re bankrupt and cannot possibly repay the debt. Any nation continuing to lend to us would be fools. In recent years, the Federal Reserve became the “lender of last resorts” because it kept expanding its balance sheet and buying up the U.S. Treasuries that no one else would, allowing the U.S. to keep fueling the debt. Now the Federal Reserve is the lender of first resort, creating enormous funds from thin air to bailout the Big Banks and Wall Street in a literal "inflate or die" situation to prevent the bubbles from popping and collapsing the entire planets economic systems.
At this point, the Fed can’t raise interest rates without bankrupting itself, bankrupting the U.S. government, and tanking the financial and housing markets. On the other hand, it can’t keep buying more debt and expanding its balance sheet without collapsing the dollar. Furthermore, do you remember when within minutes of Donald Trump’s victory being announced, the Dow Jones futures dropped by almost 900 points and the price of gold and silver began rising just as fast? The global elite were caught off guard by Trump’s surprising win, and they weren’t ready for a total collapse just yet. The miraculous market turnaround was artificially manipulated in the worst of ways.
Americans should be mindful of what happens because it could happen here in America in the very near future. The U.S. imports over 50% of the nation’s food supply. What happens when we have no more access to debt? Supply lines and distribution will be cut. Suppliers are not going to keep delivering food to a country that isn’t able to pay for it, regardless of how badass our military is, at least not for long anyway.
For a nation that has roughly 300 million firearms owned by roughly 100 million Americans, what do you suppose happens when 72 hours runs its course and food shelves are empty here? Bill Holter says: “I don’t believe anyone can “fix” what is wrong. The best Mr. Trump can do is preside over the bankruptcy of the United States with some form of rule of law and fairness.”
Here is the reality: Our military is only big enough to do so much. It's been stripped down to the fewest soldiers its had since before World War II. Eventually when the military is called upon, the tool it has to maintain order is Martial Law. That is why FEMA Camps exist. A military presence cannot be in all places at all times. All the warnings you’ve heard about a “global reset,” or the “coming collapse,” they are not a game, and they are not “conspiracy.”
When the time comes, and it IS coming, will you be the one hunting after 72 hours, or will you be prepared and already and have the hatches batten down, ensuring that you don’t become the hunted?"
“72 Hours From Anarchy"
"A study conducted about 6 years ago noted that the majority of people have enough food in their homes to feed their household for about three days, and that seemingly stable societies are really just nine meals from anarchy. It is, in fact, a long-held theory on “prepper” sites that in just 72 hours of any significant crisis which takes down our ability to conduct commerce, we’d see a total destabilization of our society and way of life.
So said my son the other night in a telephone call. He reminded me how several years ago, the US Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) system crashed as a result of a political impasse in Congress, and millions of Americans around the country began immediately wondering where they would get their next meal. One woman, interviewed just minutes after she learned the system was no longer functioning, complained that she was unable to put food on the table. “How am I going to feed my family?” she asked, noting that she has six kids to feed.
My son reports that, even now, the supply chain is showing signs of breakdown. Sometimes, the food stores he frequents in northeast Florida experience shortages from an alarming number of suppliers, sometimes for weeks. We’ve become so dependent on “just in time” shipping and supply of our stores, it is extremely disruptive when the system doesn’t work smoothly.
Should a serious crisis strike we won’t have three days. It’ll be more like three hours, which is about how long it took panicked food stamp recipients with non-functioning benefits cards to completely raze the shelves of their local Walmarts or for panicked motorists to begin hoarding fuel.
When the EBT system crashes, nearly 50 million Americans panic across the country. But if the financial system is hit with a “glitch” or a cyber attack, access to the bank accounts and ATM machines of 300 million Americans would be restricted.
FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, urges all Americans to have at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable food and water in case of emergency. I agree… especially when you consider FEMA’s track record at providing disaster relief.
Depending on where you live and how much getting somewhere else is advisable, we’re not talking about cans of soup and peanut butter and crackers. While those items are indeed non-perishable, they aren’t really portable. In an emergency situation where you need to leave home in a hurry, canned soups and jars of peanut butter are going to be heavy. Those crackers will get smashed. You need a “72-Hour Kit”: four servings per day for 3 days for one person, airtight, compact, shelf-stable for years, and lightweight.
But consider this first: what of the days following the first three? You’d think you can make it three days without food, and you probably can, but what of the time beyond?
When food supplies are cut off, people’s irritability sets in within half a day. Imagine being cooped up for days with family or even strangers who are just as hungry and irritable as you are. Within one day - or less if you have blood sugar or other health issues - your ability to make good decisions is affected. Your cognitive processes are not firing on all cylinders, and in an emergency, you need to be able to think clearly.
Within two days, you’ll probably be experiencing gnawing stomach pains. And if the emergency - and lack of access to food - goes on past three days, forget about it. Within a week, you’re probably too weak to stand. Your vision becomes blurry. You won’t be able to think straight, much less do what you need to do to weather the emergency.
However, we don’t really consider that our smartphones and wireless device are connected to cell sites and cell towers. Which in turn are connected to the wireless operator’s main switching facility. All that needs lots of power, which after a blackout is provided by backup systems. If and when those systems run out of juice, at about 96 hours, we have a big problem.
On Thursday, September 8, 2011, an equipment failure in Arizona caused an electric utility cascade failure, leaving millions of people from the San Diego area in the dark. One moment, power was on for a several thousand square mile area. The next moment it was gone.
In August 2011, Hurricane Irene temporarily took out 6,500 cell phone sites on the east coast. At the end of October, a freak snowstorm left millions without power in parts of the Eastern Seaboard. Although weather problems are challenging, at least there’s usually some prior notice so utilities and cell operators can prepare. And there are often pockets where power is still available. When power goes down everywhere simultaneously, instantaneously, like it did in San Diego, it makes you think.
24-48 hours: Enter the information abyss. The next morning, many of us will not have cell service. Operators will get portable generators to key sites - but not all sites. After 48 hours, more of us are disconnected. Our TVs and cable modems don’t work - no power! Battery-powered radio? If you are one of the rare people who owns one, you’ll still have a problem. Radio stations are increasingly high tech, and guess what, most stations were off the air during the September San Diego blackout.
48-72 hours: Your wallet is empty and so is your fridge. How will you handle even simple purchases without power, communications or cash? As we increasingly transact via credit cards, online and even cell phones, cash has become much less prevalent. If the ATMs are down, and you don’t have enough emergency cash on hand, what do you do?
Already, it seems that for a broad range of demographics, especially those under 25, cash is already dead. Or, if there are emergency radio broadcasts and the broadcasts says that emergency help is located at a certain park in a certain city, what good is that information to a GPS reliant person who never learned to read a map and doesn’t own any maps?
72-96 hours: No gas, no water. Now what? Cars have run out of gas. The roads are so clogged, they’re non-functional. Public safety will be dealing with all of these issues - with a degraded communications infrastructure. And are the pumps from your local water facility still running? Remember, all of the sewage and water plants are increasingly automated. I don’t know about you, but I will be cranky by that point.
By 96 hours after the power shuts down, power better be turned on again, our connectivity restored, or we’ll be in the Stone Age."
Yes, yes, Good Citizen, I agree, it's a good thing that "That could never happen here!"
Until it does, and it will...