I’m sounding the tocsin: This is not a drill. If this were a drill you would be required to do nothing much. But if this were a drill, you wouldn’t be waking up in cold sweats, or having that feeling like you’re living through the last days, or…. Whatever is afflicting you particularly. Now, keep in mind I mostly work with and have contact with people who are in the arts, meaning we’re so high on the neuroticism scale that you can see us vibrate on a clear day with nothing much going on. But never mind that, I think in a way we’re like the alert system. Like people in high Earthquake areas who keep something sturdy balanced so the least tremblor will make it fall onto a metal sheet or something, so they have early warning to get out of the house, in case it’s a foreshock.
Sure, sometimes mini Earthquakes come to nothing, and then you ran out of the house, for a few minutes/an hour and came back in looking sheepish. But sometimes– Sometimes they save our life.
Me and my cohort we’re like that. When we start getting nervous, it’s time to prepare for something. Maybe your preparations will not be needed, but boy oh boy, if they are–
And right now we’re all waking up with the horrors. (I’m relatively calmer, mostly because I’m concentrating on my preparations, my sauve-qui-peut which involves getting the heck out of here and the house sold before– Well, before.
Most definitely not a drill. But what it means and what you need to do might not be what you think you need to do, so let’s go over it in order, shall we.
What’s coming: We don’t know what’s coming. We don’t know if it will be fast or slow. I’ve been betting on fast, because fast has less chance of going in directions we like even left than the leftist dreams, but seriously, we don’t and cant know. We can pray is about it.
And yet it is our duty to prepare.
Keep in mind most of you will be safe. No, seriously. Take it from someone who’s lived through this. You can live and work in dangerous places and still be completely safe. Just for the love of heaven, if you see a group of people behaving like lunatics run/drive/walk the other way.
Now what this situation reminds me of is when half of Colorado was burning, a twelve years back or so. We took ourselves from (more smokey) Colorado Springs to Denver for a weekend with the kids. And we were in the IMAX in the Natural History Museum, when the fire alarms went off, and we could smell the smoke in the air.
As people started getting up, someone came in and announced that while the museum itself was not on fire, and was safe, there was a fire close enough by that it was setting off the fire alarms.
We watched the rest of the movie, but I can’t say I paid much attention, and came out to a sunset made dark and ominous by the smoke, which was thick enough to cut.
We never did get touched by those fires, or event the one that Dan drove by on the way to work, close enough to hear it crackle.
In fact, in my years in CO I’ve been on “Standby for evacuation” three times, but it never came. However for a lot of people in the area, it was destruction of property, loss of life, utter change and horrible mayhem. And even those of us untouched, like me, ended up with health issues that dragged on for a decade or more, from the smoke.
But it wasn’t “we’re going to burn alive.” And in retrospect, had I known it, what we should have done is what a friend recommended and pack up everything and head for TN for six months. But we didn’t want to leave things to burn and well– That is what it is.
So now, before everyone can smell the smoke: get to high ground. Whatever high ground means. Keep in mind even in a blue state most areas will be safe. You’re at higher risk of truly deranged regulations leaving you unemployed/broke/with no electricity. Which is part of the reason for our leaving. Besides the fact I’m so “public” I practically glow in the dark. On top of which — and more urgent — the altitude is killing me by inches. So, moving.
But if you think your area will be a problem, move now. You’re late and it will cost you. I get a feeling we’re about on the last viable train out of danger, but maybe there will be another year grace (what husband thinks. He’s an optimist.)
Most of this are things you know, okay, the same preparation you’d do for a prolonged outage, say in the aftermath of a major Earthquake or hurricane. Freezer. Fill it. Get a backup generator. It’s possible to keep things frozen a long time if you don’t open it, and run your generator a few hours a day.
Other food. You know how hard it is on your dietary needs. I don’t.
Try to move to where medical care is available, and find a sensible doctor (and that will be hard.) Try to take care of any surgical or other needs you have now. If not sooner. If you’re planning on children, now is a great time to get pregnant, provided you’re in an area with medical practitioners. In two or three years…. well… either the structure will be in flux or even weirder. And just in case, find a midwife you’re comfortable with, too.
If you’re medicine dependent investigate how to get it, and how to store it. Also lay in some anti-biotics and pain killers (non opioid. Like massive bottles of tylenol.) because it might help. Oh, and please also vitamins and such.
Establish or polish up your network of like-minded friends you can trust. Local, sure, but also on a line to get from point A to point B if you need to skedaddle. To that end, identify your “will not abandon” possessions and have a plan to get them ready and go. Note this is unlikely for most people, but it could happen, so be ready. Have containers for whatever you’d take. FYI if you have animals have carriers. ALSO FYI if you have cats, small dog kennels with a tiny litter box and food dish work great for multi-hour trips in the car.
Find through your contacts people who can do stuff you will need, like car repair, or house fix ups, in case those networks are hard to reach. Knowing someone who knows someone is the way things are done in most countries going bonkers.
“But Sarah, you said they can’t win.”
Sure. I did. And they can’t. because what they are trying to impose on reality can’t work in reality. They’re kind of like the guy who calls up Cthulhu not realizing that not only will it eat him first, but it can’t survive in our reality.
Again, for the slow of mind: No, America can’t go communist and stay communist forever. Because if it does, the rest of the world starves. And so do we, in double quick time. And we’re too spoiled to take it. Also, the arrant idiots in charge have no clue of how complex and difficult this country is, though I think they’re starting to get a sense for it, as they try to pull their “infallible lockdown” trick twice. Because, yes, they’re that stupid.
WE ARE THE COUNTRY THAT FEEDS THE WORLD. We’re also the “universal buyer.” If we hit even a rough patch, everyone else starves. Which is what’s causing unrest all over. We’re on the verge of a rough patch and they’re getting horribly pinched. (Which is why this fight is global.)
Also we’re too distributed, and enough remains of local rule that the idiots can’t do what they think they can. That they still think they can is obvious as they bark orders that no sane person would expect obeyed. But that’s because they’re stupid and provincial and think the entire country is their tiny neighborhood.
What they can do is create a mess like nothing you’ve ever seen.
They are already largely being ignored. They can’t stand that, so they’re going to kept ratcheting up the crazy, which is going to destroy a lot of our structure.
For instance, several GOP traitors in the house have voted to pass the infrastructure bill which would destroy our voting system, since they folded the For The People bill under it. (Or a lot of its provisions.) What they think will happen but mass unrest, and the splintering of localities, I don’t know.
The problem is that though our institutions are corrupt and buckling, if you destroy the whole thing at once, it’s going to be insane for a while. I’ll remind you they’ve captured everything from certification boards to regulation boards. This means some parts of the country won’t understand the other half, and frankly for a while it will be a time of great terror and opportunity, just on the every day level.
And if you destroy it piece-meal there’s the potential of a just as bad but slightly more viable regime creeping in.
And that’s what we’re looking at you know? Fast or slow?
I’m hoping for fast, because American ingenuity will step in. If slow…. well, look, FDR never got it all his way. But the corruption that crept in we’re dealing with right now. Plus at the level of stupidity these buffons de derriere are pushing, it will only be slow in some areas. Others will collapse hard and fast and possibly on fire. And there’s no telling how difficult that will be for the sane areas. We are linked and interdependent.
I think it’s going to be fast, because these people are not FDR. Frankly, they’re not fit to wipe the coals off FDR in hell. So they’re pushing too far too fast and too divorced from reality. On top of which they’re panicked. And they’re not geniuses when not panicked.
Oh, maybe the museum is just filling with smoke from a nearby fire, and we’ll be fine.
But I’m sounding the tocsin, just in case. This is no ordinary danger. Get serious about getting safe now, if not last Wednesday.
This is the sauve-qui-peut.
In the end we win, they lose, but getting there will entail extreme discomfort for most people and high danger for a few.
Be not afraid. But be not an idiot either.
Go and make everything fast against the Earthquake.