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Twisting In The Wind: America’s Coming Collapse

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The Bridge of American society is being buffeted by the gales of Marxism, Dependence and Debt.  Collapse is certain as society gyrates in the winds of Obama’s ‘change”.

Watch the video, then read the essay posted beneath.

One cannot argue with the analogy, or the conclusion.  The laws of gravity, physics, economics and history cannot be placated.  America is going to collapse – we just do not know when the breaking point will be reached as the nations swings from liberty to tyranny, from freedom to slavery.

A Collapse 73 Years Ago, and Another One Coming

73 years ago today, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington State collapsed.  The way in which it collapsed was brought on by a positive-feedback situation, where the destructive force was only bounded by the structural integrity of the bridge itself.

There are some serious lessons in this collapse for the future of American society.

First, let’s get a basic understanding of why the Tacoma Narrows bridge collapsed.

Tacoma Narrows Bridge begins to twist in the wind

The wind that fateful day was blowing strong, gusting to 42 mph, at roughly right angles to the bridge’s span.  The bridge began to life, then flutter, then twist, and as more of the bridge’s structure faced the wind, capturing more energy from the wind, the the motions of the bridge got larger with each bounce, which caused the bridge to capture more energy from the wind, which caused the motions to grow larger, and so on and so forth, until the bridge could no longer resist the motion, and it broke.

From Wikipedia:

Dynamic Aeroelastic Flutter is a self-feeding and potentially destructive vibration where aerodynamic forces on an object couple with a structure’s natural mode of vibration to produce rapid periodic motion. … a positive feedback occurs between the structure’s natural vibration and the aerodynamic forces. That is, the vibrational movement of the object increases an aerodynamic load, which in turn drives the object to move further. If the energy input by the aerodynamic excitation in a cycle is larger than that dissipated by the damping in the system, the amplitude of

Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapses (rare film capture)

vibration will increase, resulting in self-exciting oscillation.(Emphasis mine, Ol’ Backwoods.)

Once the amplitude of the oscillations becomes large enough, the structural integrity of the bridge fails, resulting in what we see at right.

II. LESSONS FOR AMERICAN SOCIETY

Let’s take the Tacoma Narrows collapse as a metaphor.  What are the destructive forces pushing against American society today?   What mechanisms cause these destructive forces to grow and build on themselves?  And at what point does the structural integrity of American society fail, and an economic, political, and/or societal collapse occur?

The howling winds buffeting American society today come from many sources, but join to form a gale force aimed at near right-angles to our society’s span.

I will only focus on a few destructive forces here: the increasing dependence on government and systems of support; the loss of liberty and the increasing police state; the continual devaluation of money via government and big-bank debt; and the intentional attacks on morality and traditional societal norms.

THE WINDS AND THEIR EFFECTS

Destructive Force: Dependence

When I was a kid, my grandmother canned the vegetables from her garden.  In my dad’s childhood in rural West Virginia, everybody did.  Everybody had chickens, and many had a hog or two, rooting in the woods, that would help get them through the winter if things got tight.   Folks were self-reliant.

Not anymore.  One in five West Virginians have an EBT food stamp card. The country as a whole is so dependent on government that half of Americans live in a household that receives some kind of government benefit.  America has 65 million low-information voters who don’t pay taxes, but keep voting to keep the free stuff train ‘a rollin’.

America is dependent.  Not just on government, but on fragile systems of support than can easily be disrupted by natural disasters, like weather, or man-made disasters, like civil unrest and terrorism.  Interdependent,  “just-in-time” delivery and inventory systems ensure that no store has more than 3 days of food.  And water?  Pumped by electricity, just like sewage.  A lot of people in my native West Virginia that used to be on wells, springs, and rain-catch cisterns are on county water and sewer now.    Water that is pumped by electricity.

Food and supplies come to the stores on trucks, whose diesel fuel is refined, pumped, and metered by electrically-controlled and powered equipment.

All of it depends on the power grid.  Thank God it’s not fully centralized; states like Texas can stand on their own, and some other states like Tennessee, Alabama, and Washington have enough hydropower to stand alone, to a certain degree.   But computerized controls connected to the Internet mean that these grids are fragile, and subject to computer-based attacks.  It used to be that the utility industries had their own supervistory, control, and data acquisition (SCADA) networks. Not anymore.  They’re on the Internet, subject to the Chinese Army’s cyberattackers and who knows who else.

In the midst of all this dependency, as a wild card, there are all these drills that turn into real tragedies.  Oklahoma City, in ’95.  9/11/01.  The Boston Marathon bomber.  And coming up, a week from today, NERC’s GridEx, where the drill is the power grid going down, all over the East Coast.  Two weeks after a documentary on NatGeo about an “American Blackout”.  How convenient.

When the power goes out nationwide, there is not a systemic way to get it back. Ever.

100 million+ would die in the first year.

And despite a large movement of “survivalism” and “preppers”, of which Ol’ Backwoods counts himself a part, it is not enough.  Every day, more people get an EBT.  Half of the voting population of the United States takes a government handout of one kind or another.  de Toqueville’s warning applies, but we have ignored it, and now, the Free Crap Army is busy voting itself more and more benefits.  On our election returns maps, whole counties are turning the color of dependence, blue, which really should be Communist Red.

The dependence is growing, and is feeding itself, a destructive force bounded only by resources and the remaining strength of American society.

Destructive Force: The Police State

There is, it seems, an intentional push by the police to get people to react.  The police-military-industrial complex seems to want a civil war.  The Feds are paying for local police forces to have equipment and training in tactics that no oath-keeping officer should be using against Americans. And you know: if they have the gear and tactics, they WILL use them. To justify the budget, a police chief will send a SWAT team to take out a petty thief.   And do it over and over again.

These “all cops to the scene” response to crimes seem directed toward getting people to believe that the Secret Police are everywhere and know everything, and will beat you down if you resist.  In Boston, a whole city was locked down for ONE teenage ‘terrorist’. But it is a sham, a Potemkin village.  If 200 ‘youths’ caused the Austin TX police to “swarm” on the location of the Haunted House riot, and the police could not respond anywhere else, what if a major crime or terrorist event occurred in the rest of the city?  Chaos, that’s what.

The police may put up a show of totalitarian force, but they cannot react fast enough.  As Matt Bracken says, a flash-mob operates on a 4-minute form-act-disperse loop, and the police have a loop about ten times as long, on average.  It’s Col. John Boyd’s OODA loop, and the mob is inside the police OODA loop.  Only armed citizens can react fast enough, because they are already there.

Besides, as the Supreme Court has ruled half a dozen times, the police have no duty to protect you, the individual.  They only have a duty to reduce crime generally.  And their increasing use of Gestapo tactics does not help.

The armed citizen is the only bright spot in this police-state scenario we Americans find ourselves in.  All 50 states have some way for the citizen to carry a gun; in some, it’s virtually impossible to get a permit (New Jersey, New York), and in others (Arizona, Alaska, Vermont, Montana), no permit is required at all.  The rest are mostly shall-issue.  But everywhere you look, the armed citizen is blamed by the media and politicians every single time there is a mass shooting.  And 9 times out of 10, those happen in so-called ‘gun-free zones.’  There’s guns, all right, just not in the right hands.

And then, there are the “the people are the enemy” and “submit to me, I am a cop” attitudes.

Example: the lunacy in New Mexico.  Anal rape of one Mr. Ecker by the police.  They found a judge who ordered this done!  Only one doctor stood up and said, “No, I will not participate.”  But Leviathan cannot be stopped.  The cops found a hospital that would search this man’s rectum, though he had demonstrably done NOTHING wrong.  And these cops have done it before to another man.

The ‘war on drugs’ has been the single most important factor in causing the police to act like tyrants instead of their original mission: protect and defend the constitution against its enemies, and keeping the peace.  Police now can use the possession of any kind of controlled substance as an excuse to do almost anything now.

Police know they will NOT lose a paycheck if they gun somebody down 4 seconds after contact, or taser a woman for not showing the cop her boobs.  And the dirty cops blackmail the dirtier cops, with mutual guilty knowledge, and the so-called “thin blue line” protecting the thug cops.

What about the trained submissiveness exercises for the kiddos?  They all teach the same lesson: kiss the boot of tyranny, or die.  Kids frog-marched out of class by the police for the tiniest infractions, for biting a Pop-Tart ‘in the shape of a gun’ and the like.  Kids in schoolyards, ‘proned out’ by the cops, yelling at them to get down, with barking drug dogs baring their teeth.

Cops used to swear an oath to the Constitution, to a set of ideals.   These Feds and these rogue cops don’t care about that anymore.  There isn’t a moral set of brakes anymore.  They WILL go full Gestapo.  It has already happened.

The police state is growing, and is feeding on itself, a destructive force bounded only by the remaining moral strength of American society.

Destructive Force: Debt

Every year, Federal, state, and local governments spend more than they did the year before, far in excess of the inflation rate.  Government is the only sector where “zero-based budgeting” does not exist;  more, more, more is just the way it’s done.

Every year, more debt is piled on, and the Federal Reserve buys trillions of dollars in bad paper, stocks and bonds, to keep the bubble inflated.  Banks make loans at ever-higher fractional reserve leverages, ensuring they could not possibly give out as much cash as they have deposits.  Credit-default swaps (CDS’s), collateralized-debt obligations (CDO’s), and other obscure financial beasts pile debt higher and higher.

There is now more debt in America than there is money in the world.  It cannot possibly be paid back.

And soon, the United States Treasury will spend quarter of annual tax returns on interest alone.

What if interest rates go up to a mere 5%?  Chaos.  Complete loss of faith in the dollar.

The debt mountain is growing, and groans under its own weight.  How long before it gives way?

COLLAPSE

In our bridge metaphor, American society is swaying, twisting, and bucking, and every time it catches more wind, the amplitude of the oscillations increase.

Where is the breaking point?

I wish I knew.

But we, as individuals, families, and communities, had better be preparing for it.  Because it’s going to happen whether we like it, or not

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Food Stamp Shutdown Threat: Obama To Incite Riots & Chaos?

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A letter is circulating from the USDA that directs state EBT/Food Stamp programs to suspend payment ‘until further notice’.

There is no such thing as coincidences when it comes to government tyranny.  Last weekend the EBT/SNAP foodstamp card program suddenly shut down and welfare cards were no longer working across 15 states.

Computer Glitch Blamed For Nationwide EBT System Shutdown On Saturday

People in Ohio, Michigan and 15 other states found themselves unable to use their food stamp debit-style cards on Saturday, after a routine test of backup systems by vendor Xerox Corp. resulted in a system failure.
Once it was learned that the “glitch” did not show account balances – and a local Walmart was honoring EBT purchases – the welfare mob descended on a Louisiana Walmart and emptied the shelves in under 2 hours.
I don’t believe a word they say.  I would not doubt for a SECOND that the EBT outage was a ‘dry run’ for what Obama plans to do to next in the solidification of his dictatorship.   Especially given what is circulating as a possibility this morning, that EBT/SNAP/Welfare benefits are going to cease beginning in November.  Fox News obtained a copy of a USDA letter allegedly sent out to all states.

USDA EBT Shutdown

A PDF of an official USDA document of a government shutdown plan corroborates the effects on EBT/Food Stamps/WIC and other benefits should the “lapse in funding” continue.  Pay close attention to the following excerpted segments:

Specific program impacts of a lapse in funding are provided below. These impacts assume that the lapse is of short duration (i.e., less than one month). Should the funding lapse be longer, the FNCS contingency plan and these associated impacts will be re-visited and updated:
• The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will continue operations and eligible households will still receive monthly benefits for October. The authority to make October benefit payments comes from the Recovery Act, through which Congress provided “such sums as are necessary” to finance the SNAP benefit provided for in the Recovery Act. In addition, about $2 billion in contingency funding will be available and could be used to support State Administrative activities essential to continue the program and issue and process benefits. These contingency funds were provided in the FY 2013 appropriation and do not expire until the end of FY 2014.
• USDA is working with WIC State agencies to use all available funding resources to provide benefits to participants. FNS will be allocating both contingency and carryover funds to State agencies for use in operating their FY 2014 WIC Program, in addition to other available funds. Should a lapse extend through late October, federal WIC funding may not be sufficient to cover benefits.
• The Child Nutrition (CN) Programs, including School Lunch, School Breakfast, Child and Adult Care Feeding, Summer Food Service and Special Milk will continue operations into October. Meal providers are paid on a reimbursement basis 30 days after the end of the service month. Limited carryover funding will be available during a lapse to support FY 2014 meal service. Once an appropriation is enacted, we expect additional resources will be available to reimburse October performance. In addition, most State agencies will continue to have fiscal year 2013 funds available for State Administrative Expenses (SAE). SAE funds are awarded to States for a two year grant period and they are permitted to carryover up to 20 percent of their allocation into the second year of the grant period.
• No additional federal funds would be available to support the Commodity Assistance Programs (CAP) including the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) administrative funding, and the WIC Farmers’ Markets Nutrition Program (FMNP). Similarly, no new funds will be available to support the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR). While there would be some inventory available for use in food packages, no carryover, contingency or other funds would be available to support continued operations.

There are also threats of Section 8 housing benefits, heating assistance programs and other welfare benefits being shut down in MA as well.

Utah families on food stamps could be cut off soon

States across the country are being told to stop the supplemental nutrition assistance program for the month of November, pending further notice.

That’s according to a letter from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Fox 13 obtained a copy from the Crossroads Urban Center in downtown Salt Lake City. Crossroads says if Utah families don’t get food stamps, they’ll turn to the local food pantries, which are already strapped due to the government shutdown. Homeless people Fox 13 talked to, some who use SNAP, say losing food stamps would mean going hungry.

I think Obama wants the following kinds of optics to be blamed on his opponents in Congress and those Americans who are wise to his ‘fundamental transformation’:
ebt-signWalmartline niggers jump counter emptygroceryshelves
Considering that Obama has told the Federal government to make the shutdown “as painful as possible” – shutting down welfare/food stamps takes that policy and instantly creates misery for an army Obama would no doubt incite to riot and cause mayhem so to be used as a weapon for his demands and justification for dictatorial acts he is (I believe) about to commit.  My reasons for thinking this way are borne out of the following facts.
As the GOP has surrendered and is giving Obama nearly everything he wants – Obama is STILL rejecting their offers to reopen government and raise the debt ceiling until February.  Obama keeps talking and warning about ‘default’ in several speeches over the last few days.  In fact many Federal agencies are “warning” of no payments and massive pain if the country ‘defaults’.
To get his welfare army rioting to force his ascension to Absolute Ruler, why wouldn’t Obama stop food stamps/EBT/Welfare payments?  Looks like that plan is being implemented right before our eyes.
This course of action Obama seems hell-bent on is a sure bet to force Congress to give him what he demands.  It’s what Marxists do when they seize power.  Just look at history!
But here’s a fact not being discussed or even mentioned: we cannot ‘default’ according to the Constitution and the Feds have enough income to service the debt.
We cannot default on debt payments unless they are so massive we cannot make payments- not because of the debt ceiling fight.  Obama wants the debt ceiling raised to pay for future projects or to fast-track a Cloward-Piven style collapse. He is not wanting the debt ceiling raised TO PAY FOR BILLS WE OWE NOW.  Social security checks will be issued until the year 2038, in which time it is estimated to run dry. Congress took surplus out of SS fund and put them in the General Fund but Obama will use the threat of no Social Security checks, no EBT/food stamp benefits and whatever other threat of pain he can muster to frighten the country into capitulating to his tyranny.
The Feds have enough tax income to service the debt UNLESS – Obama himself  orders all payments of everything to stop.  In doing so Obama may be attempting to make Congress irrelevant, and co-op the power of the purse for himself. That seems to match his M.O. to me.  This is a coup going on – an installation of a dictatorial Single Party tyranny.  Obama is on a destroy mission – he’s not interested in governing, he’s consumed with destroying anyone who opposes him, the hallmark of all despotic Leftists that have come on the world scene in modern history.
…How would Obama …justify seizing emergency power? By cutting off all federal entitlement payments while claiming that he cannot continue them without a debt extension, secure in the knowledge that the mainstream media will continue to dutifully serve as his propaganda arm, blaming recalcitrant Republicans for all of the negative consequences.
While senior citizens on Social Security and other federal pension plan recipients may not immediately take to the streets, going on violent rampages of rioting, looting and burning, there is a segment of our population that will do exactly that: many of the 50 million Americans who today literally put the food on their tables by using an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. While the states administer their individual EBT programs, most of the money comes from the federal government. Please read my previous essay “When the music stops: how America’s cities may explode in violence” to understand the tremendous risk that will accompany a cutoff—even briefly—of EBT payments.

The fact that thousands of Americans might be injured or killed during the nationwide riots that would follow the looting of supermarkets and delivery trucks will not be a moral impediment to the architects of Operation Fast and Furious…

…A lifelong Marxist revolutionary who has caused hundreds to be murdered in an attempt at political gain on gun control is not likely to blanch at the prospect of thousands dying in bloody food riots when the stakes are incalculably higher. If “the music stops” and our cities burn, Obama may grasp the opportunity to declare a state of emergency and seize dictatorial powers from the fire and ashes. Those who resist his rule by emergency decree will be declared to be “Tea Party terrorists” by Democrat leaders and their captive media, and we may finally see why the Department of Homeland Security has been purchasing those billions of hollow-point bullets, UAV drones, and armored vehicles.

If this is their calculation, it is a diabolical plan indeed. But a plan to ride a tiger is not the same as riding the tiger. Permanent rule by emergency decree may not be as simple to accomplish as would-be left-wing tyrants believe. Millions of Americans will not be fooled by the deliberately instigated torching of our cities and will not go quietly into the night of Marxist tyranny.

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