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Isn’t It Ironic

 

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The New Cold War

It is said that “war is the health of the state.”  Because government’s goal is always to grow in size, influence and power there is a need for constant war to justify its continuous and infectous propagation.

war is the health of the state

A Cold War that has been going on for years, became clearly visible to me yesterday (while describing the events in Nevada to a few friends that were new to the developments there).  The Cold War I am referring to is not the one with Putin’s Russia over issues such as Syria or Crimea or between the US government and all the brown skinned terrorists hiding under our beds hating us for our freedom.  It is between the US Government and the American people who seek true freedom, sovereignty along with a constitutional and restrained government.

Arms Buildup:

The US government has been stockpiling ammo for years.  The Military Industrial Complex that Eisenhower warned us about is one of the most powerful groups in the US.  The alternate media has been calling them on it but the captured mainstream media rarely mention it.  These ammo purchases would not seem ludicrous at face value because practice ammo is constantly needed for training and qualification but the fact that they are buying hollow points and the quantity is in the billions (HERE) is what is problematic.  Either they are wasting money by shooting paper with HP’s, they are driving the price of ammo up to keep it out of our hands, or they don’t intend to be shooting paper.

The truth is likely (d) all of the above; the paper targets purchased by some departments that depict children, elderly and even pregnant mothers as the “threats” tell us a lot.  No More Hesitation targets pictured below (story HERE).

government targets

Small arms is only the tip of the iceberg.  It his becoming commonplace for towns of only a few thousand residents to have thier police department receive a free MRAP from the Federal Government.  These rolling mine resistant armored cars will be used to pacify the disorderly conduct of an uppity citizenry.  Seeing something like this just makes you feel safe, doesn’t it?

police mraps

On the other side, Obama can officially depict himself as firearms salesman of the decade (HERE).

obama gun salesman of hte year

Since he was elected, nearly every year there has been a new record for the number of background checks and firearms purchases only to be exceeded and a new record set the following year.  Even when prices skyrocketed after the Aurora Theater Shooting and Sandy Hook Tragedy, sales of AR-15′s, P-Mags, 5.56, AK-47′s, 7.62 have been very strong.  People who aren’t even fans of firearms are recognizing the need for them.  It is common for people I know aren’t gun enthusiasts asking me for recommendations.  People are stockpiling ammo and learning to reload their own.  The BLM fiasco at the Bundy Ranch was a stark reminder that there are militia in this country that are very serious about preparation and their convictions.

militia man in nevada

Espionage:

With the various despicable alphabet agencies like the CIA, DHS and NSA we all knew the government was spying on us and violating the law/rules set forth by the 4th ammendment.  Illegal searches, warrantless home entries, porno body scanners have all become acceptable because of the War on Terror and the War on (some)Drugs.  Our emails are scanned, our phone conversations and texts are catalogued and stored.  But we are told not to worry because it is just the metadata and its for our own good.  The scale and structure was not fully understood by many non-red-pill taking Americans until Edward Snowden courageously released this information in detail.  There are many sheeple who are opening their eyes a little bit more each day.

Edward Snowden work for the beast only to realize the US government isn’t fighting evil empires, they are the evil empire.  Then there are those like Aaron Schwartz who help provide the spread of free information.  Former servicemen like Bradley Manning who take the information our owners have collected and hand it over to someone like Assange who will see to it that it is available for the world to see.  The life of a spy is often short and painful; the inevitable end willl probably include jail, torture and even execution after years of running, hiding and looking over ones shoulder.

My understanding is that espionage means giving secret or classified information to the enemy. Since Snowden shared information with the American people, his indictment for espionage could reveal (or confirm) that the US Government views you and me as the enemy.      
~Ron Paul~

Sanctions:

People are having a rough go at it, inflation adjusted income for the average person is the lowest in decades and the credit orgy isn’t as appealing to many as it was prior to 2007.  The issue isn’t that the US government isn’t doing enough to help, it’s that it is doing so much to hinder the people who want to be free.  Websites like The Burning Platform and Eric Peter’s Autos are bullied out of existence by the Google arm of the Feds for telling the truth and opening the minds of readers.  They literally create regulations and rules to simply act as cement loafers so that those treading water expend so much energy just trying to stay afloat.  People are so exhausted from this that they don’t have time to read and think critically; this is not an accident.

Soon the most profitable US business will be the company that mass produces Closed and Out Of Business signs.

out of business

Unlike during the first half of the 20th century, new automotive companies sprouting up are a rarity; except when they tout the “green energy/electric car” line that includes subsidies from big government.  Decades ago there was innovation because smart people of average means figured out better ways to do things and went at it on their own to create wealth.  Now those same people need billions of dollars (or the connections with politicians) just to get started.  Legitimate loans are often hard to acquire for these people.    The emissions and safety standards just to enter the market are motivation killers.  The road blocks are literally so tall these people end up working for the monster corporations like GM who knowlingly continue to produce crappy products that cause deaths.

A perfect example of another affected industry is Healthcare.  Obama-care is like a cluster timebomb going off every few seconds until the foreseeable future.  Dictating the rules that affect your life by a group sackless bureaucrats.

government created problems

This lack of innovation and over-regulation occurs in nearly all markets that actually produce a good.  The agriculture industry is being destroyed while corporations like Monsanto grow exponentially.  Somehow the merger between Time Warner and Comcast will go through and the service provided by this cable monster will actually get worse (one should just cancel their cable anyway) while the price increases.  We should not wonder why jobs creating and producing useful products have been steadily run out of America while the few remaining products are produced by the largest possible corporations with tendrils in the government.

Border Disputes:

The recent Clive Bundy vs BLM incident is a perfect example of a border dispute.  Private property rights, rule of law and respect of contracts are necessary for legitimate borders and peace.  None of those things exist anymore.  The BLM claims the land around Bundy’s ranch and demands grazing fees while not maintaining the land themselves and regulating the number of cattle he is allowed to have down to unprofitable quantities.  But it is totally legal because a Federal Court ruled that the Federal Government is the rightful owner of the land; sounds legit to me (sic).  Their goal is to regulate him out of business so they can either confiscate or outright buy it up from him just as they have done to the other 50 ranchers that are no longer in that area.  This is literally a recreation of Ayn Rand’s Atlast Shrugged.

Bundy didn’t play ball and wouldn’t pay the fees so the feds stole his cattle and tried to fence it over in Utah.  They ended up SOL when Utah refused to deal with stolen property.  The people literally marched on the Feds position under threat of murder until the BLM backed down.

I don’t want to romanticize and hollywood-up this incident but it reminded me of the crowd of protestors marching past the blockades in V for Vendetta.

All taxes are theft but school/property taxes are one of the more despicable taxes, they essentially turn every (supposed) homeowner/landowner into a renter.  Regardless of any good they might do they are evil for the sheer fact that they have destroyed the idea of true property rights and ownership.  Even if you have paid off your mortgage you are not a land owner, try not paying your school/property taxes for a while; you will find out who really owns the land.

west is owned by the feds

84% of Nevada is owned by the Federal Government.  How does Mordor on the Potomac own more of Nevada that Nevadans and the state of Nevada combined?  With a $17 trillion deficit, I think it is prudent for them to start selling off some of their assets.

Aggression Masked As Diplomacy:

Negotiations are a constant in our world.  If terms are negotiated between mindful adults/parties then there can be peace but often dealings and negotiations with the US government involve coercion and the threat of violence.  The use of aggressive violence and threat of its use has no place in a free society.  The fact that it is part of the normal standard operating procedure of the US should not be a surprise because we are far from being a free society.

People are getting fed up with these tactics.  Whether it is people refusing to stand down to police after a shooting, filming the police actions even when threatened with arrest, vocalizing their disapproval at town hall meetings or simply a rancher who has essentially says to the feds ”I don’t recognise your authority regarding this, now fuck off!”

Propaganda/Ad Hominem Attacks:

One of the first steps in winning any war is the dehumanization of the enemy.  Once that is successful those who sign the legislation and pull the triggers won’t see themselves as thieves and murderers because their victims are sub-human.  These people are the enemy of freedom and the enemy of America.

Libertarians, Tea Party, 2nd Ammendment supporters, etc… are constantly labeled as extremists and one step away from being re-categorized as terrorists.

2nd american revolution

That picture says it all, hundreds of government agents were up against hundreds of protestors backed by armed militia men not afraid to exercise their 2nd ammendment and point their rifles downrange at a group that might decide to aggressively stand against freedom.

The writing is on the wall, war could break out between the US and America, preparations have been made and the tension is there for it to go from cold to a hot war at a moments notice.  This is what characterizes a Cold War to me.

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Closer Than Most Realize

A repeat of Waco or Ruby Ridge?

Or were we ridiculously close to the start of the 2nd American Revolution?

militia man in nevada

2nd american revolution

teamwork get it done

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Fuck The BLM And All The Rest Of The Police State

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Know Your Enemy

the elites being protected

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Escalation In Nevada

Many of you know about the issue going on in Nevada between the Bundy Cattle Ranch and the BLM.

Some of the basics can be found HERE.

Read below, it seems like things might start to get worse.

that escalated quickly

 

‘Expect To See A Band Of Soldiers’: Militia Members Arrive At Nevada Ranch

LAS VEGAS (CBS Las Vegas/AP) — Militia groups are rallying behind a rancher whose cattle are being seized by the federal government.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that two militia members from Montana and one from Utah have arrived at Cliven Bundy’s ranch.

“We need to be the barrier between the oppressed and the tyrants,” Ryan Payne of the West Mountain Rangers told the Review-Journal. “Expect to see a band of soldiers.”

Payne said that militias from New Hampshire, Texas and Florida are likely to join and stand with Bundy and stay at his ranch.

“They all tell me they are in the process of mobilizing as we speak,” Payne told the Review-Journal, adding that hundreds of militia members are expected.

The Review-Journal also reports that Bundy’s son, Ammon Bundy, was shot with a stun gun by law enforcement officers Wednesday and that the rancher’s sister, Margaret Houston, was pushed to the ground.

“I pulled the tasers out of him,” Cheryl Teerlink told the Review-Journal.

Lawmakers are adding their voices into the fray, criticizing the federal cattle roundup fought by Cliven Bundy who claims longstanding grazing rights on remote public rangeland about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada said he told new U.S. Bureau of Land Management chief Neil Kornze in Washington, D.C., that law-abiding Nevadans shouldn’t be penalized by an “overreaching” agency.

Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval pointed earlier to what he called “an atmosphere of intimidation,” resulting from the roundup and said he believed constitutional rights were being trampled.

Heller said he heard from local officials, residents and the Nevada Cattlemen’s Association and remained “extremely concerned about the size of this closure and disruptions with access to roads, water and electrical infrastructure.”

The federal government has shut down a scenic but windswept area about half the size of the state of Delaware to round up about 900 cattle it says are trespassing.

BLM and National Park Service officials didn’t immediately respond Wednesday to criticisms of the roundup that started Saturday and prompted the closure of the 1,200-square-mile area through May 12.

It’s seen by some as the latest battle over state and federal land rights in a state with deep roots in those disputes, including the Sagebrush Rebellion of the 1970s and ’80s. Nevada, where various federal agencies manage or control more than 80 percent of the land, is among several Western states where ranchers have challenged federal land ownership.

The current showdown pits Bundy’s claims of ancestral rights to graze his cows on open range against federal claims that the cattle are trespassing on arid and fragile habitat of the endangered desert tortoise. Bundy has said he owns about 500 branded cattle on the range and claims the other 400 targeted for roundup are his, too.

BLM and Park Service officials see threats in Bundy’s promise to “do whatever it takes” to protect his property and in his characterization that the dispute constitutes a “range war.”

U.S. Rep. Steven Horsford, D-Las Vegas, noted that BLM officials were enforcing federal court orders that Bundy remove his animals. The legal battle has been waged for decades.

Kornze, the new BLM chief, is familiar with the area. He’s a natural resource manager who grew up in Elko, Nev., and served previously as a senior adviser to Senate Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Reid aide Kristen Orthman said her boss “hopes the trespassing cattle are rounded up safely so the issue can be resolved.”

Sandoval, a former state attorney general and federal district court judge, weighed in late Tuesday after several days of media coverage about blocked roads and armed federal agents fanning out around Bundy’s ranch while contractors using helicopters and vehicles herd cows into portable pens in rugged and remote areas.

“No cow justifies the atmosphere of intimidation which currently exists nor the limitation of constitutional rights that are sacred to all Nevadans,” the governor said in a statement.

Sandoval said he was most offended that armed federal officials have tried to corral people protesting the roundup into a fenced-in “First Amendment area” south of the resort city of Mesquite.

The site “tramples upon Nevadans’ fundamental rights under the U.S. Constitution” and should be dismantled, Sandoval said.

BLM spokeswoman Kirsten Cannon and Park Service spokeswoman Christie Vanover have told reporters during daily conference calls that free-speech areas were established so agents could ensure the safety of contractors, protesters, the rancher and his supporters.

The dispute between Bundy and the federal government dates to 1993, when land managers cited concern for the federally protected tortoise and capped his herd at 150 animals on a 250-square-mile rangeland allotment. Officials later revoked Bundy’s grazing rights completely.

Cannon said Bundy racked up more than $1.1 million in unpaid grazing fees over the years while disregarding several court orders to remove his animals.

Bundy estimates the unpaid fees total about $300,000. He notes that his Mormon family’s 19th century melon farm and ranch operation in surrounding areas predates creation of the BLM in 1946.

Since the cattle roundup began Saturday, there has been one arrest.

Bundy’s son, Dave Bundy, 37, was taken into custody Sunday as he watched the roundup from State Route 170. He was released Monday with bruises on his face and a citation accusing him of refusing to disperse and resisting arrest.

A court date has not been set.

His mother, Carol Bundy, alleged that her son was roughed up by BLM police.

Meanwhile, federal officials say 277 cows have been collected. Cannon said state veterinarian and brand identification officials will determine what becomes of the impounded cattle.

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Original HERE.

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Too Skinny

I had a hard time reading this and not replacing Yale with US Govt whenever it came up.  I can literally see them meddling in our lives to the point where they are actively depriving some people to eat while force-feeding others so we can all have an acceptable BMI.   It is decreed that you must gain weight, now pack on “X” lbs until you are in an acceptable range.

And those who won’t concentrate and comply with what they are being told to do will be sent to concentration camps, for their own good of course.

Remember, the terrorists hate us because of our freedom…

Yale University Drops Threat to Kick Out Student for Being Too Skinny

By | Healthy Living21 hours ago

Frances Chan. Photo: FacebookA 92-pound Yale University student has finally ended her face-off with school officials who spent months insisting that she either gain weight or be suspended. And Frances Chan, 20, who contends she never had an eating disorder to begin with but is simply genetically thin, could not be more relieved.“It felt really bad to be this powerless,” the student told the New Haven Register Sunday. “I ate ice cream twice a day. I ate cookies. I used elevators instead of walking up stairs. But I don’t really gain any weight.”
Chan’s problems with the Ivy League school began back in September, when she went to Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven to have a breast lump checked. Though the lump was benign, it led to Yale Health, the student health center, scrutinizing her general health and, in particular, her low weight.“I met with a clinician on December 4 and was told that the ‘concern’ was my low weight and that I would meet with her for weekly weigh-ins. These appointments were not optional,” Chan writes in an essay about her experience, “Yale University Thinks I Have an Eating Disorder,” published by the Huffington Post in March. “The clinician threatened to put me on medical leave if I did not comply.” She goes on to explain that she’s “always been small,” just like the rest of her family.
“We all enjoy Mom’s fabulous cooking, which included Taiwanese beef noodle soup, tricolor pasta, strawberry cheesecake, and cream puffs, none of which make the Weight Watchers shortlist,” she writes. “I just don’t gain weight easily.” Chan could not be reached for comment by Yahoo Shine.
Yale University spokesperson Tom Conroy tells Yahoo Shine in an email, “Federal health regulations (HIPAA) prohibit Yale from discussing the health care of any individual, whether it’s a student or an employee, so we are unable to comment on Frances’s care.” But, he adds, “Yale provides exceptional health care services, and the health and welfare of all of our students is our primary concern.”
Chan says that since December she has had a slew of medical checkups, weekly weigh-ins and urine tests, and several blood tests and mental health appointments. On March 29 she posted a frustrated update on her Facebook page. “Yale Health’s Medical Director in email to my father: ‘She does not have the option of refusing to cooperate with our assessment of her health and safety.’ So I do NOT have the option of refusing dehumanizing medical treatment?! Looks like someone needs #consentworkshops.” Despite plying herself with high-calorie foods, she gained just 2 pounds, which, she was told, was not enough — even though her parents contacted officials to explain that their daughter had always been thin and healthy.
“It seems like assumptions were being made based on her appearance, and that it was very discriminatory. Low BMI doesn’t mean you’re unhealthy,” clinical psychologist Maria Rago, vice president of the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, tells Yahoo Shine, adding, “Even if you have an eating disorder, you have a right to go to school.”
Rago notes it’s clear the university means well. “But eating disorders are more about your behaviors and your thoughts than your weight,” she explains.
Finally, though, after Chan’s struggling with weigh-ins, pleading with doctors to not place so much emphasis on her body mass index, and eventually writing to university President Peter Salovey to apprise him of the situation, officials relented.
“Just visited Yale Health with my parents and met with a new doctor. She apologized repeatedly for the ‘months of anguish’ I went through and admitted that BMI is not the end all be all,” Chan posted to her Facebook page on Friday. “She also looked at my medical records since freshman year (which the previous clinician had not done) and noted that she saw that my weight had remained around the same. So she trusts that I do not have an eating disorder and admitted that ‘we made a mistake.’”
Original HERE.
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That DUM Bitch Has Made School Lunch Worse

mooshell bambam

Moo-shell is an unbelivable tw-unt, it is easy to tell when she has entered a room because one can “smell the sulfur coming off her cloven hooves.”  She has done the impossible, her initiatives have gotten school lunches to look even more like dogshit than they did when I went to school.  At least the school’s policies are also making it difficult for kids to bring your own lunch.  I thought she would be Pro-Choice.  The reasoning behind not allowing lunches from home, to ensure the eating of healthy food.  HAHAHA, take a look at the meals these kids are eating and tell me with a straight face they are healthy.

calvin and hobbes laughing

Ok, now pick yourself up off the floor.

When the government school system isn’t poisoning the minds of our children, destroying their free will & creativity and teaching (sic) them via the lunacy that is Common Core, they are literally poisoning their bodies with this shit they call “food.”

Bottom line: Sending kids to public/government school is child abuse.

Mac Slavo’s post below.

Michelle Obama’s School Lunches In Pictures: “Is That Photo Taken From Death Row?”

Mac Slavo
April 8th, 2014
SHTFplan.com
One of the purported successes of Michelle Obama’s tenure as First Lady of the United States has been to help Americans get fit and eat right.

She’s launched a wide array of initiatives targeting Americans receiving government nutritional benefits, as well as school lunch programs across the nation. Nowhere have the First Lady’s efforts been more visible than in the cafeteria’s of America’s schools.

Within days of Obama’s new USDA regulations taking hold parents and schoolchildren launched complaints surrounding the rationing of meals, a move that left kids hungry and school districts frustrated with all of the additional paperwork and program expenses. The USDA subsequently upped the rations to assuage frustration.

But according to America’s kids Michelle Obama has been “out to lunch” when it comes to satisfying hunger. It’s so bad, in fact, that black markets for food have popped up in schools and kids are taking to their social media pages to share their outrage.

Do you want to see what Michelle Obama considers eating right? Check out these pictures and comments – sourced directly from government run cafeterias around the country.

As you see what passes for health food these days keep in mind that school’s are increasingly restricting children from bringing their own lunches from home, often citing nutritional requirements as the reason.

An appetizing ham and cheese tortilla wrap:

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Chili cheese dog with a side of veggies:

moo2

Can I get another scoop of brown with a sprinkle of yellow? Oh, and don’t forget my biscuit!

moo3

Seconds anyone?

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Students weigh in:

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When mom joined her daughter for lunch, here’s the wonderful meal prepared by the caring cafeteria staff:

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On the flip side, here is what Michelle Obama’s children enjoy for lunch at the Sidwell Friends school attended by her daughters Sasha and Malia. In this particular case the school was paying a tribute to Pearl Harbor Day and the kids feasted on Asian Mushroom Soup, Oriental Noodle Salad, Teriyaki Marinated Chicken Strips, Garlic Roasted Edamame, Vegetable Fried Rice and Fortune Cookies for dessert:

sidwell friends - lunch

And of course, how can we talk about healthy eating, school lunches, and Michelle Obama without mentioning the White House organic vegetable garden? The First Lady shows of her green thumb in the picture below. It turns out, however, that because of her busy schedule she didn’t actually grow any of her food. The White House gardeners did, and they did a heck of a job.

michelle-obama-gardener

Straight from America’s organic gardens to school lunch tables coast to coast.

Original HERE.

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Who Are The Monsters?

zombie plan

I have been a fan of the zombie genre, NOTLD, Res Evil games etc… for quite a while.  The majority of recent history they were a niche.  They are less of a niche now, partly because what has been deemed “nerd” in the past is “cool” now.  But a great deal of it is the sorrowful, doom filled mood and general malaise that has taken over our lives.  Nothing occurs in a vacuum; 25 years ago, this show might not have lasted a single season because the audience couldn’t identify with it and the characters; today it is a juggernaut because so many people do identify with it.

The one “loner” i see in the show (I have only seen thru S3) that has survived is Morgan Jones.  He and his son helped Rick in the first episode.  he didn’t put down his wife when he needed to and ended up losing his son as well.  Once he lost the last thing keeping him human and giving him purpose he went insane and views his existence as a punishment/limbo/sentence that he must serve out.

The questions I am left with when watching this show is, (1) how can we retain our humanity, (2) identify and appropriately deal with the real monsters when confronted by them and (3) not live the remainders of our lives under the weight of agonizing regret?

One of the amazing things about a show like this is that these people were “normal” people and almost everyone can watch this show and see themselves as one of the characters.  Then they are thrown into an extraordinary situation; we see their responses and actions and end up amazed and/or horrified because we think of what we might do or allow happen.

Thanks to Jim Quinn for writing on the various topics that he does, he is definitely doing his part by being a loudspeaker and beacon (albeit a doom beacon) and providing a forum at The Burning Platform for discussion and enlightenment.

hardest part of zombie apocalyps

All joking aside, no one should be actively looking forward to a zombie apocalypse but recognizing an event of that magnitude is possible and preparing as best you can by being strong mentally and physically, being proficient with firearms and other weapons, learning truly useful skills and forging relationships with other like-minded people is a worthy goal that won’t guarantee survival but should allow humanity to continue after the world has been destroyed by the consequences of our rulers.

the zombie apocalypse

WELCOME TO TERMINUS

Posted on 6th April 2014 by Jim Quinn

“Life improves slowly and goes wrong fast, and only catastrophe is clearly visible.” Edward Teller

I was a late arrival to the Walking Dead television program. I don’t watch much of the mindless drivel passing for entertainment on the 600 worthless channels available 24/7 on cable TV. I assumed it was another superficial zombie horror show on par with the teenage vampire crap polluting the airwaves. Last year a friend told me I had to watch the show. I was hooked immediately and after some marathon watching of seasons one and two, I understood the various storylines and back stories. What the show doesn’t openly reveal is the deeper meanings, symbolism, and lessons we can learn from viewing human beings trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. In my opinion, the horror and gore is secondary to the human responses to horrific circumstances and the consequences of individual and group decisions to their survival.

As the end of season four approached, the disbursed characters were descending upon a place called Terminus. They were drawn by the intriguing and hopeful signs posted at various railroad junctions promising sanctuary, community and survival. Of course the name Terminus does not sound very inviting or hopeful. There are multiple possible meanings regarding Terminus. The Roman god Terminus protected boundary markers and sacrifices were performed to sanctify each boundary stone. The bones, ashes, and blood of a sacrificial victim, along with crops, honeycombs, and wine, were placed into a hole at a point where estates converged, and the stone was driven in on top. Maintaining boundaries and sacrifice are major themes throughout the series.

The show is set in the metropolitan Atlanta area of Georgia and the surrounding countryside. It just so happens that during the 1830s Terminus was the name of a settlement at the end of the Western and Atlantic railroad line. That settlement is now Atlanta. Terminus is also the title of the final poem ever composed by Ralph Waldo Emerson. The poem focuses on a conversation between the author and the god Terminus, discussing the author’s forthcoming death. The message of the poem is to resist fear and prepare for death. The destination is worth the journey.

“As the bird trims her to the gale,

I trim myself to the storm of time,

I man the rudder, reef the sail,

Obey the voice at eve obeyed at prime:

“Lowly faithful, banish fear,

Right onward drive unharmed;

The port, well worth the cruise, is near,

And every wave is charmed.”

We are only given a short time on this earth and the end of the line will be the same for everyone. What matters is how we conduct ourselves during our own journey towards our personal Terminus. Have we served as a virtuous example for our children, sacrificed for others, and benefited humanity or have we displayed greed, avarice and selfishness during our trek through life? As we approach our own meeting with destiny, the actions and morality of individuals will matter. I don’t know the motivations of the writers creating the themes for the Walking Dead, but the show connects with me on a number of levels. I look around and see hordes of zombies everywhere.

Zombification of America

“The real hopeless victims of mental illness are to be found among those who appear to be most normal. Many of them are normal because they are so well adjusted to our mode of existence, because their human voice has been silenced so early in their lives that they do not even struggle or suffer or develop symptoms as the neurotic does. They are normal not in what may be called the absolute sense of the word; they are normal only in relation to a profoundly abnormal society. Their perfect adjustment to that abnormal society is a measure of their mental sickness. These millions of abnormally normal people, living without fuss in a society to which, if they were fully human beings, they ought not to be adjusted.” – Aldous Huxley – Brave New World Revisited

The vast majority of the population in the post-apocalyptic world of the Walking Dead is mindless zombies driven by only their need to feed upon human flesh. They are infected with a disease that disables the cognitive portion of their brains and leaves them as slobbering predatory zombies seeking to satisfy their vile needs. They are referred to as “walkers” or “biters” as they aimlessly roam the countryside seeking human flesh. Everyone bitten or killed by a zombie is infected and turned into a zombie. The only way to stop them is by destroying their brain. The relentless violence and gore is not for the squeamish, but is probably a realistic portrayal of the brutishness and harsh conditions that will overwhelm this country once the electrical grid goes down, fuel becomes scarce and the global supply chain fails. Our just in time society is about one week from chaos, lawlessness, starvation and death on a grand scale.

As I watch the hordes of hideous brain dead zombies shuffling across the apocalyptic landscape seeking to satiate their basest cravings I can’t help but see the parallels with the millions of mindless tattooed obese slobs waddling across mall parking lots past vacant store fronts staring zombielike at their iGadgets as they seek to satisfy their basest desires at Macy’s and Chipotle. A virus has overspread our country causing a vast swath of the population to gratuitously assuage their every want without thinking of the consequences. The sickness is caused by being imprisoned for twelve years in government run public schools, watching thousands of hours of propaganda emitted by the corporate media, viewing hundreds of brain cell destroying reality TV shows, reading and sending thousands of texts and tweets, and being overwhelmed by the delusional belief spending more than they make, saving nothing, and piling up mountains of debt is the path to success in our contaminated society.

In the show there is no clear explanation as to why the majority of the population have been infected and turned into zombies, while a tiny minority is unaffected and able to think critically and act rationally. It is revealed that all living people are infected with the zombie virus, but it remains dormant in a minority of the survivors. Death by any means triggers the virus and turns the corpse into a mindless flesh eating zombie. There are 318 million Americans and a majority of them fall into the category of zombies in my estimation. Every American has the zombie virus within them. It has been incubated by corrupt vote seeking politicians, control hungry government sociopaths, mind numbingly worthless public education, and the relentless dumbing down through corporate media propaganda and vacuous reality TV entertainment. Once cogent thinking aware citizens have been zombiefied into mindless impulsive consumers.

How can you not see the parallels between American society and the zombies in the Walking Dead? Walk down any city street in America and you see hordes shuffling along staring with blank faces and glazed over eyes at their iGadgets. Black Friday is identical to flinging a freshly slaughtered hog in front of the flesh eating zombies. Americans flock to malls across our apocalyptic suburban sprawl landscape and proceed to stampede, gouge, and punch their way to an fantastic bargain on a Chinese slave labor produced microwave they must have to cook their toxic frankenfood created by one of our corporate food conglomerates. The Black Friday crowds actually make the zombies from the Walking Dead seem well behaved. While the American zombies are shambling through superficial lives of pleasure seeking, mass consumption, and a delusional faith in debt based wealth, there is still a minority of rational thinking people who can control their impulses and resist the disease devouring our culture.

“Our economy is based on spending billions to persuade people that happiness is buying things, and then insisting that the only way to have a viable economy is to make things for people to buy so they’ll have jobs and get enough money to buy things.” ― Philip Slater        

Collapse Will Be Sudden

“That’s the thing about the collapse of civilization. It never happens according to plan – there’s no slavering horde of zombies. No actinic flash of thermonuclear war. No Earth-shuddering asteroid. The end comes in unforeseen ways; the stock market collapses, and then the banks, and then there is no food in the supermarkets, or the communications system goes down completely and inevitably, and previously amiable co-workers find themselves wrestling over the last remaining cookie that someone brought in before all the madness began.” ― Mark A. Rayner – The Fridgularity

What you note after watching a few episodes of the Walking Dead is that collapse happened suddenly. Cities, towns, houses and highways remained relatively intact. The decay and deterioration caused by neglect and abandonment are the only visible signs that modern civilization has ceased. The show highlights the life-threatening difficulty of enduring on a day to day basis without the certainty of shelter, food, water, and fuel. The average asleep American isn’t prepared to last one week without the basics of modern life. They haven’t stocked any food, water or fuel in case of an emergency. Their normalcy bias keeps them from even considering the high likelihood of even a natural disaster caused by a hurricane, snowstorm, or earthquake. Recent examples of most people’s complete helplessness were the snow and ice storms that struck this past winter and hurricanes Sandy and Katrina. Without power and access to food and water, modern society breaks down quickly, with chaos, looting and anarchy only days away.

It is unlikely that collapse of civilization as we know it will happen due to some extreme event such as nuclear war, super volcano, or asteroid. When our central banker masters of the universe trigger the next financial system collapse, with no monetary bullets of debasement left in their pop gun, the resulting chaos when ATMs stop spitting out $20 bills and EBT cards for 47 million people stop functioning at Wally World will be epic. We got a glimpse into the future this past October when the EBT system went down in several states for a few hours on a Saturday afternoon. Zombies began to ransack Wal-Mart stores attempting to steal as much as they could get away with. Chaos, anger and criminal behavior was virtually instantaneous. A vast swath of EBT dependent zombies live in our numerous urban ghettos and when the EBT system goes down permanently violence will quickly erupt. Police will be vastly out-numbered, hungry mobs will become armed gangs of violent looters burning down their ghettos, ransacking and plundering businesses, stores and homes, and stealing everything that isn’t nailed down. Visualize the L.A. riots after the Rodney King verdict in every urban area in the country.

The fragility of our debt financed oil dependent just in time global supply chain system is beyond the comprehension of the average zombie American. They are too distracted by mass consuming the products dependent on that very same fragile scheme. They are clueless zombie-like dupes who believe $20 bills magically appear in ATMs, Funyuns and Cheetos miraculously materialize on Wal-Mart shelves, gasoline endlessly bubbles up from the ground into the hose they stick in their $40,000 monster SUVs “bought” with a 0% seven year loan from Ally Financial, and that enchanted plastic card with a magnetic strip empowers them to fulfill every craving like a zombie feeding on a dead carcass.

There is a worldwide currency and petroleum war being waged today as too much fiat currency is chasing a dwindling amount of cheap petroleum supplies. The developed world has experienced a century of relative illusory prosperity as cheap easy to access fuel and cheap easy to print fiat currency have led zombies to believe progress and prosperity are their god given right. The most highly educated zombies will be the most shocked when they realize the reality they believed was all an illusion. The Starbucks “Triple, Venti, Half Sweet, Non-Fat, Caramel Macchiato” crowd who isolate themselves in their 100% financed 5,000 square foot luxury cookie cutter brick McMansions amidst 200 other identical McMansions occupied by reclusive strangers in enclaves pretentiously named The Preserve at Meadow Lakes, and driving multiple leased BMWs, are about as prepared for a collapse of modern society as a helpless child. The suburban wasteland of strip malls, office parks, and fast food joints is completely dependent upon an endless supply of cheap oil and cheap credit.

The cracks in this delusionary foundation are visible for all to see as Space Available signs outnumber actual businesses, pothole dotted highways deteriorate, sewer lines crack, and houses in disrepair outnumber those being kept up. It takes money to keep a home from deteriorating and it happens to be in short supply for 90% of the population. Despite the non-stop money printing operation at the Fed and the mainstream media fantasy stories of shale oil energy independence, the suburban dream is turning into a nightmare. When the inevitable financial implosion strikes in the next few years, the illusion of progress will come to an end. The inner cities will explode in violence and will burn. The police will be helpless and scared. There will be death on a large scale.

Suburbia will turn into a lawless landscape where neighbors turn on each other, as they have failed to create real communities. The isolation and seclusion which have marked suburban existence for the last thirty years will contribute to the creation of criminal gangs looting and pillaging stores, businesses and unprotected homes. After the collapse the only people likely to survive relatively unscathed are rural folk. Farmers, ranchers and those capable of living off the land have the abilities to endure a breakdown in our modern society. These people are prepared, know how to use firearms and create communities of self-sufficiency. No one will thrive in the world coming our way, but those not dependent upon or tied to our modern societal paradigm have a better chance to survive.

“If people feel lost and alone and helpless and broken and hopeless today, what will it be like if the world really begins to come apart at the hinges?” Brandon Andress – And Then the End Will Come!

Individualism vs Community

“The values to which people cling most stubbornly under inappropriate conditions are those values that were previously the source of their greatest triumphs.” Jared Diamond – Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

Our society has always glorified rugged individualism. We celebrate individual accomplishments and make heroes of those who have gone it alone and triumphed either in business, politics, sports, or the arts. Overcoming tremendous obstacles and going it alone in the face of adversity has been the narrative Americans admire and seek to emulate. Even the reality TV shows about preppers focus on individuals who plan on going it alone when civilization enters collapse mode. These rugged loners take pride in individualism, build bunkers, amass small arsenals and stockpile food and supplies. They will likely survive the initial onslaught of collapse and first wave of violence. But how long can an individual expect to survive alone in a Walking Dead environment? The traits which were appropriate and rewarded in modern society will be inappropriate and fatal in a post-modern society. A lesson from the show is clearly that a community of like-minded individuals working together has a better chance at long-term survival than a loner. Just make sure you join the right community.

With hordes of flesh eating automatons roaming the countryside it was essential for the living to form communities in order to fend off the zombies, protect each other, provide shelter, and forage for food. An individual alone had no chance at survival as falling asleep would ultimately prove fatal if a zombie stumbled upon your camp. The group led by Sheriff Rick Grimes eventually creates a community within the gates of an abandoned prison. The irony of seeing mindless throngs of soulless killers attempting to breakdown the fences to get “into” the prison is not lost on the audience. At first, the occupants of the prison would leave on foraging/pillaging missions to nearby cities and towns attempting to find food, medical supplies, gasoline and any other essential necessities of life. Eventually Hershel, the wise old man of the community, convinced Rick that cultivating the soil, sowing seeds and growing their own food was the only chance for their community to thrive over the long haul. Working with your hands is refreshing to the soul. Jesus’ Parable of the Sower immediately comes to mind.

Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow: And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the birds of the air came and devoured it up. And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. And some fell among thorns, the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. And other fell on good ground, did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, some an hundred. He said unto them, He that has ears to hear, let him hear. Mark 4:3-9

Some communities are evil at their core and will commit malevolent atrocities. Some communities will appear ethical, but when hardship strikes they will fall back to their wicked ways. Communities of those addicted to riches and wealth will ignore the pleas of the downtrodden and wail and gnash their teeth when their worldly wealth evaporates. A fruitful community that chooses decent honorable leaders, adopts a moral code, treats all members with respect, encourages hard work and accountability, and plans for the future, will reap the benefits of sustainability and stability. Cultivating a good community is difficult, requiring sacrifice, compromise, hard work, difficult choices, and depends upon the goodwill of all members. Rick tried to become a farmer, but Carol saw the future clearly telling him, “you can be a farmer, you can’t just be a farmer”. A peaceful happy ending was not to be.

The community of Woodbury, led by a despicably evil man referred to as the governor, gave outward appearances of stability and health. But it was ruled through fear, intimidation, vindictiveness and evil. Leaders like the governor arise during desperate times when the weak seek someone who promises to save them and keep them safe. Leaders like the governor are far more savage, ruthless and dangerous than the flesh eating zombie hordes because they kill with malicious intent, fully knowledgeable of the consequences of their actions. Eventually good communities led by good people must stand up and fight bad communities led by evil men, no matter the consequences. Under dire circumstances and an uncertain future we will need to decide what kind of community we will be. What kind of people we will be. Will we fight for a better future for our children? Can we retain our humanity or will we become no better than the walking dead?

Brutal: Hershel awaits his fate at the hands of The Governor on last night's The Walking Dead

“What fascinates me is not so much humanity’s engulfment in darkness, but what kind of culture we will construct from the rubble of this one.” Carolyn Baker – Collapsing Consciously: Transformative Truths for Turbulent Times

Who Are the Real Walking Dead?

The central question permeating the Walking Dead is whether the living can maintain their humanity amidst so much horror, brutality, death, and desolation. Can the living continue to show compassion, kindness, mercy and love in a world torn apart by disarray, violence, viciousness and despair? Throughout the series those who haven’t “turned” still have the capacity to empathize, comfort one another, offer succor, and show mercy and kindness. But after enduring unending horrors, cruelty, death and sorrow, it appears some of the characters are “turning” into the very monsters pursuing them.

Every human being has their breaking point. The main characters must commit increasingly heinous acts in order to survive. The walkers have no choice. Their humanity was stripped from them by the virus. The living have a choice. The mental anguish pushes some (Lizzy) over the edge into insanity. Others (Michonne and Carl) are torn by guilt that they have become monsters. Carol justifies her ruthlessness as the only choice for survival – just like the walkers. The seismic shift occurs when Rick, seeing his son being sexually assaulted, goes full zombie and bites the jugular of his captor and relentlessly stabs his son’s attacker. Daryl kills one of the bad guys by crushing his skull with his boot. Many of the characters have made a choice to shed their humanity in order to protect their family and friends. As the series completes its fourth season we are left with a question. Are the zombies really the “walking dead” or are the living really the “walking dead”?

Life is complicated and those seeking simplicity and consistency will be terribly disappointed. The future is not going to be bright for our empire of debt and delusions. Times that will try men’s souls are on the horizon. The choices we make as individuals and communities will matter. Every human being has the capacity for good or evil. We will be alone in deciding whether we gravitate toward the dark side of our character or whether we make a stand for all that is noble and decent. Retaining our humanity during the trials and tribulations that await us will be crucial to creating a community that is sustainable and a future worth living and fighting for. It is clear that Terminus is not a true sanctuary for all. It permeates evil. As all of the “good” people are herded into a single boxcar I couldn’t help but see the parallels of the Nazis herding the Jews into boxcars for their final destination. Passive submission to an evil authority never ends well.

As the door is slammed shut and the protagonists are reunited, Rick declares “they’re gonna feel pretty stupid when they find out.” Abraham then asks “find out what?” Rick’s “they’re screwing with the wrong people” response confirms his transformation from an ambivalent reluctant leader into a powerful figure who will do anything necessary to protect his family, friends and community. This Fourth Turning has yet to reach its bloody, violent, chaotic zenith. The popularity of shows like the Walking Dead is a sign of the darkening mood change in this country. With our fragile fraudulent finance driven eco-system teetering on the edge, the threat of collapse is ever present. Within one week of a financial system collapse we would enter a Walking Dead like scenario. Each American who hasn’t already been infected with the zombie virus needs to prepare now and decide what kind of person they will become as the collapse engulfs our society. We all exit this world as we entered it – alone. But we have the wherewithal to positively impact the rebuilding of our culture from the rubble of this one. Are you ready to meet the deadly trials ahead? The choices we make over the next decade will determine if this is the end of the line for our civilization or a new beginning..

“We live together, we act on, and react to, one another; but always and in all circumstances we are by ourselves. The martyrs go hand in hand into the arena; they are crucified alone. By its very nature every embodied spirit is doomed to suffer and enjoy in solitude. Sensations, feelings, insights, fancies—all these are private and, except through symbols and at second hand, incommunicable. We can pool information about experiences, but never the experiences themselves. From family to nation, every human group is a society of island universes.” Aldous Huxley – Doors of Perception

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