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"Alas, Brave New Babylon" new fiction by Matt Bracken
Western Rifle Shooters Association ^ | August 26, 2013 | Matthew Bracken

Posted on 08/26/2013 6:20:36 AM PDT by Travis McGee

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To: Travis McGee; appalachian_dweller; OldPossum; DuncanWaring; VirginiaMom; CodeToad; goosie; kalee; ..

Preppers’ PING!!


41 posted on 08/26/2013 7:45:31 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Travis McGee

bump


42 posted on 08/26/2013 7:46:08 AM PDT by real saxophonist (All you poor, all you needy, all you're doin' is givin' to the greedy... Temptations, 'Power')
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To: Travis McGee

I like it!

Thanks!


43 posted on 08/26/2013 7:46:30 AM PDT by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: Travis McGee

Have your other books on Kindle. Thanks for this.


44 posted on 08/26/2013 7:46:55 AM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: verga; cartographer; Morgana
Might be good for the Preper list
45 posted on 08/26/2013 7:47:08 AM PDT by verga (Liberals and protestants, not all that different if you look closely enough)
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To: Travis McGee

Bumpitty bump bump!

Good job!


46 posted on 08/26/2013 7:49:15 AM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
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To: Travis McGee

I enjoyed the read, thanks for posting.


47 posted on 08/26/2013 7:51:56 AM PDT by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: Kartographer

Thanks Kart - read it on Saturday ;-)

I put a review/comment of it on The Western Rifle site.


48 posted on 08/26/2013 7:55:16 AM PDT by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur: non vehere est inermus)
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To: DuncanWaring

You can do a LOT more with potatoes if you go vertical.
Try this out some time. The neat part about it is you can peel away the base and start eating ‘taters while the top wrungs are still growing.

http://lifehacker.com/5202849/grow-100-lbs-of-potatoes-in-4-square-feet


49 posted on 08/26/2013 7:57:51 AM PDT by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: Travis McGee

I’m at work now and only got to read the first part, unfortunately — it’s really good!! Well-written, scary but believable and most likely exactly what will happen when the economy crashes.

Will read the rest when I get home later and pass it along.


50 posted on 08/26/2013 8:02:38 AM PDT by Bon of Babble (Oh, What Fresh Hell Is This??)
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To: Travis McGee

Thanks for posting. Bump for later.


51 posted on 08/26/2013 8:03:17 AM PDT by zeugma (Is it evil of me to teach my bird to say "here kitty, kitty"?)
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To: Travis McGee

WOW!!!

Excellent story. THANK YOU. I will share with others.


52 posted on 08/26/2013 8:03:26 AM PDT by Mother Mary
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To: Travis McGee

Awesome! Bump for later read. (At some point I’d love to know the wheres, whats, and whys of that tower...)


53 posted on 08/26/2013 8:04:35 AM PDT by golux
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To: Travis McGee; Velveeta; Oorang; Rushmore Rocks; MamaDearest; DAVEY CROCKETT; Myrddin; Godzilla; ...
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Alas, Brave New Babylon” new fiction by Matt Bracken

"When the ad hoc “town council” voted that cannibalism would not be considered a crime if the body was already dead when found, I took it as my cue to leave for deeper in the mountains.

"How had it happened so fast?"

Powerful story. Check it out.

Thanks, Travis McGee

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[Also see #13.]

54 posted on 08/26/2013 8:06:58 AM PDT by LucyT (In politics, "Lack of Money" speaks louder than words. Stop donating to RINOs.)
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A.B. -

Thought you should see this

Shalom


55 posted on 08/26/2013 8:07:45 AM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: DuncanWaring

You can stack tires and grow potatoes that way, it might increase the calories per square foot


56 posted on 08/26/2013 8:09:03 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Travis McGee
It is my personal opinion that great writing has passages which leap out at your mind when you reach them. Here a few from which I got a sharp mental slap!

Billions of people believed that Homo sapiens had achieved a permanent higher station since the retreat of the last great ice age.

In the end, we smote ourselves with our hubris, believing that we were replacing God’s wisdom with our own.

We believed that we had created a Brave New World, where candy-cane lies and Santa Claus promises could trump hard reality at the election booth every two years. But if all good things must come to an end, how much sooner must the corrupt and the unreal collapse into rubble and tears? Imbalances so great, in a machine running at such a high speed, could only result in calamity when the connecting struts gave way and the beast flew apart.

The new Babylon was where mankind gorged its morbidly obese body and deconstructed spirit on endless food and limitless pleasure, grew like a maggot fattening upon the bloating corpse of Western Civilization, and then burst and devoured itself in a final death-feast.

The primary lesson I have learned over the past three years is that it is much harder to build and sustain a stable and functioning civilization (even an admittedly imperfect one) than it is to destroy a pretty damn good civilization in the name of establishing utopian perfection by government decree.

In my humble opinion, Matt, you are indeed a great writer, developing. At my age, it has been a great pleasure to watch your writing become all the more expressive and spot on with our epoch. Would that our fellow Americans could absorb the nuggets you offer to us so freely.

57 posted on 08/26/2013 8:17:10 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: Travis McGee

Great story! I’ll be looking for your others later today.


58 posted on 08/26/2013 8:29:04 AM PDT by Hop A Long Cassidy
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To: Travis McGee

Awesome story Matt/Travis ;)

Pretty much how it will happen. Now watch it get around and the ‘oh no thats just a redneck fantasy’ crowd try to pooh pooh it off.

Except if anyone thinks about it for more than 2 min, there’s not one thing in there that wouldn’t happen exactly as described.


59 posted on 08/26/2013 8:31:14 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Travis McGee

McGee BTT, as always.


60 posted on 08/26/2013 8:31:31 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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