America is a bomb waiting to explode (Part I)

edited October 2015 in General
"The United States is in decline. While not all major shocks to the system will be devastating, when the right one comes along, the outcome may be dramatic.
Not all explosives are the same. We all know you have to be careful with dynamite. Best to handle it gently and not smoke while you’re around it.

Semtex is different. You can drop it. You can throw it. You can put it in the fire. Nothing will happen. Nothing until you put the right detonator in it, that is.

To me, the US – and most of the supposedly free West – increasingly looks like a truck being systematically filled with Semtex.

But it’s easy to counter cries of alarm with the fact that the truck is stable – because it’s true: you can hurl more boxes into the back without any real danger. Absent the right detonator, it is no more dangerous than a truckload of mayonnaise.

But add the right detonator and you’re just one click away from complete devastation.

We can see how fragile the U.S. is now by considering just four tendencies


1.) Destruction of farms and reliable food source

The average American is a long way from food when the shops are closed.

The Washington Post reports that the number of farms in the country has fallen by some 4 million from more than 6 million in 1935 to roughly 2 million in 2012.

And according to the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, only about 2 percent of the US population live on farms.

That means that around 4.6 million people currently have the means to feed themselves.

Food supply logistics are extended, sometimes stretching thousands of miles. The shops have nothing more than a few days’ stock. A simple break in that supply line would clear the shops out in days.


2.) Weak economic system

The American economic system is little more than froth.

The US currency came off the gold standard in 1933 and severed any link with gold in 1971. Since then, the currency has been essentially linked to oil, the value of which has been protected and held together by wars.

The whole world has had enough of the US and its hubris – not least the people of the US themselves, which the massive support currently for Putin’s decision to deal with ISIS demonstrates.

Since pro-active war is what keeps the US going, if it loses the monopoly on that front, its decline is inevitable.

Fiat economies always collapse. They last on average for 37 years. By that metric the US should have already run out of gas.

Once people wake up and smell the Yuan, the Exodus out of the dollar will be unstoppable.


3.) Americans increasingly on mind-altering drugs:

According to the Scientific American, use of antidepressants among the US population was up 400 percent in the late 2000s over the 1990s. Many of these drugs are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.

These are the type of FDA-approved narcotics lone gunmen are frequently associated with, and their psychoses often attributed to a forced or sudden withdrawal from such drugs.

Pharmaceuticals are produced at centralized points by companies which themselves rely on extended logistics systems both to produce and to deliver their output. If the logistics system fails, there’s no more supply.


4.) Morals in decline

During the objective hardship of the 1930s, there was surprisingly little crime. People were brought up with a conception of morals and right and wrong. Frugality and prudence were prized virtues. Communities were generally fairly cohesive.

Relative to then, society today is undisciplined, unrealistic and selfish.

Around 250 million shoppers participated in the Black Friday sales in 2013 in which around USD 61 billion was spent on consumer items – up roughly 100 percent on 2006 figures.

Stampedes and even murders are not uncommon each year with people openly fighting each other over reduced-price items.

The goods bought in such sales tend to be non-essential and many of them are bought on credit cards which then have to be paid off at interest.

Part of the problem in what I have outlined above is that there is little explicit tension. Sure, it is depressing, vulgar and immoral. But it doesn’t look catastrophic. It looks normal.

My point is that just because US – and many other countries organised after the same template – do not look explosive, doesn’t mean they won’t blow up.

Whereas 80 years ago we could absorb major shocks, today we cannot.


Nowhere to run:

In the past, people were in rural communities. They could grow food. They had real communities. They also had self-control and a conception of morality.

Today, if the supply lines go down, you are stuck in a house you can’t heat surrounded by millions of FDA-approved drug addicts who are going psycho because they have run out of juice and people who would murder their own grandmother to get a cut-price iPhone.

I would argue that the right shock event – or combination of shock events – will detonate the explosive.

Potential detonators happen all the time. Either they are contained or they are simply incompatible with the explosive or they don’t go off. But that doesn’t mean it’s never going to happen or that we are not sitting on a mountain of explosives.

There was one such potential detonator – which presently has not gone off – in the UK just last week.

The UK’s Independent reported Friday that experts were ‘staggered’ after Pauline Cafferkey – who had been brought to London of all places – rapidly declined after being declared cured from Ebola.

This woman had been allowed out into the community – still sick with Ebola – and managed to visited Mossneuk Primary School in East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, on Monday to thank children for their fund-raising efforts.

We will assume these events have their origins in incompetence; the fact is: we have a woman dying from Ebola in the UK’s largest population center.

What if there is more incompetence?

Boris Johnson, the current Mayor of London, primed the British public for the possibility of Ebola in London just last week.

Perhaps he knows something we don’t.

What do you think will happen if people start dying from Ebola in London or New York? The natural response will be to get out of the urban centre as quickly as possible.

During the Great Plague of London of 1665, for example, Defoe wrote "Nothing was to be seen but wagons and carts, with goods, women, servants, children, coaches filled with people of the better sort, and horsemen attending them, and all hurrying away".

Once the better off city people reach the countryside there will be instant resistance from the host population, not least because they will not want potentially infected people entering their communities.

Meanwhile, the poor people who are left in the cities will run out of food in short order as suppliers refuse to enter the city.

Those who fled London in 1665 had somewhere to go: they were returning to the fields that fed them.

Today, the fields which feed us are largely in other countries, and the ones which are in our own are mainly owned by large corporations.

I am not predicting exactly this scenario for the US or for any other country. I am saying that all the ingredients are there for complete breakdown and large-scale deaths given the right initiating incident.

I am saying that volatility is baked into the cake – even into the cake of what today looks and feels normal.

I am saying that while it may be possible to keep loading box upon box of societal Semtex into the truck, given the right detonator the collapse will be swift, unstoppable and devastating.

Comments

  • Like a zombie apocalypse...for example hehe...
  • Russian BS reeks in this so called discussion.. My Military friend say what you are doing is what they call Disinformation. Good luck conforming us Micronesian with your Russian BS. I rather live free in a system that allows me to criticise my leaders when they F up then in a system like Russia where criticism of it's leaders can earn you 10 years in prison or a assassins bullet.
  • Rasta, disinformation? These are all facts. I know sometimes the truth hurts. But if you don't believe his statements, look them up and prove him wrong. I do also have relatives and friends who have served in Afghanistan and Iraq. They regretted enlisting in the military and most of them are becoming aware of the US foreign policy at work. And one thing I can guarantee you is when the US economy comes tumbling down, you will think back to this very discussion we are having right now.
  • People have been saying the US economy is going to fall for the last 40 years but guess what it never happened. I don't support the iraq war, but I support the Afghanistan war. I think Iraq was a mistake, Afghanistan on the other hand is not. That's where al qaida was based and where it's leadership and training facility were at. All the military folks I know say that iraq was for no reason but they all agreed that Afghanistan was and IS justified. The American people believe iraq was not necessary but they agree Afghanistan is. My uncle who's a veteran of both iraq and Afghanistan says this which is don't join the Military unless your absolutely sure your willing to be send to foreign country to wage war, don't sign that contract if your a pussy, don't join the military for the money because only a dumb fuck will do that. He's in the Army. He said all those guys talking on the news channel about how they regret joining are those who joined without knowing fully well what they were signing up for. He's said a soldiers duty is to go where the Commander in chief point at not to ask why but to do. Dezi all your friends and relatives who said they regret joining are those who joined for the wrong reasons, they are dummies who forget that they joined the ARMED FORCES. That's why it's called the Military not the pussytary.
  • All your facts are assumptions. Stick a finger up your azz then ran that finger across you nose and see which one comes first, your so called facts or the smell.
  • edited October 2015
    Lol @ pussytary.. Rastaman, if sticking your finger up your "azz" and running across your nose is how you get your insights and facts then you are mentally disturbed and you need help..cuz I wouldn't even dare trying it. lol smh
  • Dezi, You by that I mean the Russian paid internet propagandist are mindless bots. You guys always have two same arguments and points that you guys always bring up to support your love for that dictator Putin. First you guys say Russia/Putin is good because it's a strong and Prosperous country, fact, Russia is not a Super power it's a regional power that is Trying to be like the old Soviet of old but cannot. Also another fact the Russian economy is in limbo, that's why thousands of Russians are emigrating to Europe or the US every years. The second argument point you guys also try to make is this that the US is control by the Jews and the bankers and military industrial complex, well if you believe that then you also believe Santa Claus really exist and he lives in the north pole and he has 12 flying deers.
  • Like I said stick it up you kazoo then smell it then see if your facts/arguments are true. If what you saying is true then it will come first before you smell that which you ran across you nose. But since you smell it first then your so called facts ever coming true then guess what you full of sh¥t. Hehe.

    By the way the job of the Military is to fight the country's war and carry out the policies and destroy those who made acts of ear against the US. You so called regret relatives(if they do exist)are pussycats who joined without knowing what they were getting themselves into. They should have join the peace corps not the Military. Don't join unless you can hack it.
  • vote Trump so we can get our country back and kick some skinny asses.
  • We go full time Micronesia and be captives in our own homes. hahahahaha
  • and what do you mean by that 50, please?
  • I was hoping Ron Paul ran, I would have voted for him if I was living in the mainland. I like ron Paul's idea of "let's let the other countries fight their own wars and police themselves up". The sad truth if the US withdrew all it's forces from around the world say south korea, those Koreans will start fighting again. If the US pulls out of the Balkans, the Serbs and Croats and Albanians and Muslims will start shooting each other again. If the US pulls out of Europe Russia will likely consume all of Ukraine and the Baltic states. If they pull out of the middle east those shiites and sunnis will be at each other throats. If they pull out of Japan well the Chinese and Japanese would fight again. Or the mainland Chinese would attack the Taiwanese Chinese. But I believe is time America focus on itself and leave the world to police itself and watch them kill themselves.
  • Dezi joined this Forum in October, 2014 according to his profile page. He has only posted five discussions, and for the most part keeps to himself. The fact that he posted a video featuring Robert Spalding peaked my interest, so I looked into his history (which anyone can do) and found this thread, which may be the first thread he posted after he joined.

    The DOPE (formerly Rastaman, until he proved he was just an idiot) calls what Dezi puts in here Russian "disinformation". Since few participants in this Forum are as expert at disinformation as the DOPE, I thought it might be interesting to bring this thread to the top to give the DOPE another chance at it.

    Dezi says all it would take is the right detonator to blow up the United States, and he uses the Ebola crisis of 2014 as an example.

    Would COVID-19 do, or is Trump the detonator? What do you think, Dezi?
  • Everyone should know that the DOPE may be right about Russian disinformation. Another of the five discussions Dezi has started was about Trump's call to Governor Calvo of Guam, during one of the North Korea hyperventilations. The thread contained only a video -- from rt.com. RT stands for Russia Today, which is Putin controlled state media.

    Interesting. Very interesting.
  • edited May 23
    @Sarem Chuuk, to answer your question. I do believe the Second Stimulus Bill of 3 trillion of dollars, Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats are trying to pass is a deliberate move to strain the US economy and speed up the collapse. And automatically blame Trump for it. I do like how Mr.Trump is handling the US internal affairs and foreign policy. The US medias and some of you guys here have and had been bashing Mr. Trump to an extent which seem disrespectful and ridiculous. And I do believe Mr. Trump is on a mission to make America great again. These are all my opinions. What you think Saram Chuuk?
  • I think you are wrong, but you already knew that.

    But you started by saying “to answer your question”, and then you deflected my question in favor of attacking Democrats. So that really defines you going forward, doesn’t it.

    I really wish you had addressed COVID-19 as the detonator, though.
  • We all have different views to all aspects of life which makes us all unique in our own ways. Don't you agree?
  • Nothing left to say. We have both defined ourselves. Nice talking to you.
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