Mad World by Gary Jules

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Post Apocalypse Genre

First off I'd like to give a short review of a movie I watched tonight called "Panic in Year Zero!" It's an oldie from 1962 in black and white. I found the movie to be simple and entertaining. The classic TEOTWAWKI story. I thought that it was a pretty accurate depiction of what facing an event like that may be like. I thought it gave some pretty sensible advise on dealing with such an event as far as preparedness and mental fortitude. I think we could only hope to be as level headed as the character playing the father was. I guess while I'm at it I could recommend a couple of books I've read recently before going on to the news....

"World made by hand" by James Howard Kunstler This book came out after Kunstlers book "The Long Emergency" that was a non-fiction read basically spelling out all the reasons why we shouldn't expect humans to continue on business as usual for much longer. Interestingly enough that book came out in 2005 and predicted the coming market crash that we are now experiencing. I'd recommend it too. The "World mad by hand" is a novel of a small town in upstate New York post collapse and how they deal with it. The book is very well written. I think I may have finished the book in 2 days, I couldn't put it down.

"Patriots" James Wesley Rawles This is a novel about post collapse survival and preparedness. The book is extremely descriptive and has some very good information in it. It is sort of like a survival manual that reads like a story. Rawles is ex-military and runs Survival Blog. He post everyday and has lots of good info on his site some of which you may find me re-posting here from time to time.

"1984" by George Orwell A real classic, it fits our times now more than ever. I did a lengthy review of this book that I may post here soon. A must read...

I'm also partway into Ron Pauls "Revolution" and "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley right now, I let you know...

Off the subject....I think following your heart and doing gods will (or the will of the force if you want) are the same. I believe in a powerful compassionate energy that makes up the universe. I believe it has a plan and I also believe that we are a part of that plan. To the extent that we become a useful part of the plan depends on how open we are in letting this energy into our lives. The more open we make ourselves the more useful we become. When we are busy with our own plans there is no room in our lives to be a part of the bigger plan. I think we can choose, I think we are more satisfied though when we make the decision to be a part of the big plan. I feel it's in our hearts to do so.

On to the News.....

Troops Randomly Patrol Streets In Pittsburgh, Respond To “Domestic Disputes”

New mandates would make vitamins a controlled substance (this video is older but it gives you some background if you haven't heard of this yet)

Tell your reps to oppose!
Senate bill 3002, the "Dietary Supplement Safety Act"

Are you seeing the pattern? They put soft fuzzy names on these bills to make you feel like it's ok that it's for your own good, WRONG! And while your on the phone with your representatives tell them don't you dare reauthorize the patriot act.

Taking away our freedoms is not Patriotic. In fact, there is nothing more un-American.

The badly misnamed Patriot Act is not the Act of Patriots. It is the act of petty tyrants seeking more and more power and control over our country.

Now, ever so quietly they are trying to sneak reauthorization of the Patriot Act through without creating a stir among liberty-minded Americans.

We’ve all heard the defenses. How the Patriot Act was needed to combat “terrorism.” How it would not be used against U.S. citizens.

How it would not be abused.

These lies have all been clearly exposed. For eight years, the American people have ignored the wisdom of our founding fathers and traded freedom for security – and as predicted, we are losing both as a result.

And now, Congress and the White House are set to reauthorize the so-called Patriot Act.

They have until the end of this month to act. The Mainstream Media, fixated on Obama and tea party rallies, doesn’t say a word about it.

Patriot Act should be scrapped, to prevent federal snoops from casting fishing nets over the lives, histories and data of hard-working Americans.

The weak link for the snoop-state insiders remains the U.S. Senate -- where one Big Government boondoggle after another has been bottled up or defeated.

That’s why you need to demand your senators allow the Patriot Act to expire.

If we do not stop this reauthorization, we’ll see a whole lot more of what we’ve gotten over the last eight years:

*** Federal and State law enforcement searching telephone, email, medical, financial, and other records looking for a needle in a haystack – abridging the freedom of law abiding citizens everywhere.

*** Warrantless searches and roving wiretaps, paying telephone providers for access to TRILLIONS of phone records and ignoring Fourth Amendment protections.

*** Broad powers for the Treasury Department and Immigrations Department to rewrite regulations, access records, and conduct proceedings in secret.

*** Holding American citizens in violation of their constitutional rights simply because someone in the government has declared them an “enemy combatant.”

*** Vast amounts of electronic data on virtually every American swept up by insider arrangements and purchases from phone companies, airlines and other businesses afraid to say no to a government “request.”

This isn’t some conspiracy theory. This is happening all around us.

We can stop it.

One of the most egregious abuses of the Constitution, using the Patriot Act as its basis, is so-called National Security letters, used commonly by the FBI.

It has been estimated that the FBI has used these NSLs – which allow access to records WITHOUT any court or search warrant – at least 50,000 times since 2001.

Just one example, noted in BusinessWeek in 2005, showed that the FBI had issued tens of thousands of NSLs and had obtained one million financial, credit, employment, and health records from the customers of targeted Las Vegas businesses. Selected businesses included casinos, storage warehouses and car rental agencies.

And that’s just one case.

Our federal government is out of control, and every day we see it attempting to abridge more of our constitutional rights.

We know they’d take away our Second Amendment rights in a heartbeat if they could, and we must also remain vigilant to this threat.

They’re spending us and our children into poverty, with crushing trillion dollar deficits.

And they’re allowing the out of control Fed to ruin the dollar and push forward toward the collapse of our currency and way of life.

All of these are vital fights.

But none are more critical at the moment than taking back our freedoms from the statists and power-hungry federal thugs who use the Patriot Act to dig into every aspect of American lives under the false pretense of making us safer.

We cannot be a free nation and have this un-American law on the books.

Liberty-minded Americans from the left and the right are outraged. But outrage alone won’t be enough. Every single one of us must take action today.

Public pressure works. Think of the agenda items that are stalled in Congress due to pressure from outraged citizens.

The time is now to turn our attention to stopping the Patriot Act in its tracks.

Let them hear us loud and clear.

Ready for one more? How about the big one?

This is the first of a three part video.

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