Skip to comments.It Doesn’t Take Much For People To Start Behaving Like Crazed Lunatics
Posted on 02/13/2014 9:37:23 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
If an ice storm can cause this much panic in our major cities, what will a real crisis look like? The biggest news story in the United States right now is the "historic ice storm" that is hammering the South. Travel will be a nightmare, schools and businesses will be closed, and hundreds of thousands of people will lose power. In fact, it is being projected that some people could be without power for up to a week. But at the end of the day, the truth is that this ice storm is just an inconvenience. Yes, the lives of millions of Americans will be disrupted for a few days, but soon the ice will melt and life will be back to normal. Unfortunately, it doesn't take much for people to start behaving like crazed lunatics. As you will see below, the winter weather is causing average Americans to ransack grocery stores, fight over food items and even pull guns on one another. If this is how people will behave during a temporary weather emergency, how will they behave when we are facing a real disaster?
This is a perfect example that shows why it is wise to always have emergency food supplies on hand. According to CNN, all that is left on the shelves of some grocery stores in Atlanta is "corn and asparagus"...
As the skies turned heavy, Atlantans cleaned stores out of loaves of bread, gallons of milk, bundles of firewood and cans of beans and beer. In some stores, all that was left were the apparently less-popular corn and asparagus.
And according to an Infowars report, some people down in Atlanta were actually getting into fights over basic essentials such as milk and bread...
Atlanta residents ransacked neighborhood grocery stores in frantic preparation for their second major snowstorm of the year, waging fights over food items and leaving destruction and empty shelves in their wake, a stunning precursor to what will ensue once a major crisis impacts the U.S.
After three inches of snow shut the city down two weeks ago, causing major havoc and leaving miles of cars stranded on immobile roadways, the residents of Atlanta took heed and shopped early.
According to people who Tweeted photos of barren store shelves, residents went crazy over essentials like milk, bread, water and eggs, and in some cases people were fighting. Yes fighting, alleges one user.
The photo that I have shared below was posted to Twitter by Kris Muir. It shows what the bread aisle at a Kroger in the Atlanta area looked like as the storm approached...
So what would happen if this was an extended crisis and you had not stored up any emergency supplies for your own family?
That is something to think about.
And just like during the last major winter storm in the South, there are reports of hundreds of vehicles being abandoned on the side of the road in major cities. For example, just check out what has been happening in Raleigh, North Carolina...
"I live and work in downtown. I was able to get from my office back home. My wife works in Morrisville, about 25 minutes away. She left the office at 12 p.m. and is still on the road. I am coaching her home with Google Maps. It appears that, from WRAL TV, the ramp from Wade Avenue to 440 is blocked by abandoned cars. That is a HUGE ramp (downtown Raleigh to highway)."
We are also seeing quite a few reports of "snow rage" as this cold, snowy winter drags on. In fact, on Sunday someone actually pulled out a shotgun and threatened to shoot a snow plow driver on Long Island...
As CBS 2s Carolyn Gusoff reported Tuesday, people have found themselves fed up with the hassle of plowing, shoveling and salting. In fact, they have been pushed to the edge, to the point where they have been taking out their frustrations on plow drivers.
Eric Ramirez, a snow plow driver on Long Island, said an irate man went so far as to rack a shotgun Sunday and threaten to shoot him because he was piling snow in front of the mans Manorhaven home.
And a similar incident involving a pistol was recently reported in Union Township...
The incident happened Monday afternoon along Underwood Street in Union Township.
Police say Eckert became angry when the self-employed driver, John Abraham, accidentally pushed some snow into his yard while cleaning a neighbors driveway.
I went like this to put it in park and there was a gun right here in my face, Abraham said.
Eckert is then accused of taking a .22-calibur pistol out of his coat, and pressing it against Abrahams cheek, telling him to remove the snow.
As I write about so frequently, the thin veneer of civilization that we all take for granted is starting to disappear. A whole host of surveys and opinion polls have shown that Americans are angrier and more frustrated than ever. Our society has become a ticking time bomb, and it isn't going to take much for it to explode.
When it does explode, most people are going to be depending on the government or someone else to take care of them. The following is a brief excerpt from a recent article by Mac Slavo...
Despite warnings from FEMA, as well as the prevalence of popular preparedness TV shows, Americans still dont seem to understand how susceptible we are to a complete destabilization of life as we know it. It boggles the mind that most people seem to think that when disasters strikes theyll be able to depend on someone else to provide them with assistance.
Fortunately, at least a few people seem to be learning some lessons about the importance of being prepared from these winter storms...
"Last time I was totally unprepared, I was completely blindsided," said Lisa Nadir, of Acworth, who sat in traffic for 13 hours and then spent the night in her car when the storm hit Jan. 28. "I'm going to be prepared from now on for the rest of my life."
What about you?
Are you prepared?
We live at a time when our world is becoming increasingly unstable, and it doesn't take much to imagine a bunch of scenarios in which this nation would be facing a major crisis for an extended period of time...
-A major eruption of Mt. Rainier or the Yellowstone supervolcano
-The "Big One" hits California
-A massive earthquake along the New Madrid fault line
-A highly infectious pandemic that kills tens of millions of Americans
-Hackers bring down the Internet or crash the banking system
-A massive tsunami hits either the east coast or the west coast destroying numerous major cities
-A major war erupts in the Middle East and the United States gets involved
-A crisis involving North Korea sparks a major war in Asia
-A terror attack that specifically targets our power grid
-A terror attack involving a weapon of mass destruction in one of our major cities
-A terror attack or a major natural disaster causes one or more nuclear facilities in the heart of the United States to experience a "Fukushima-like crisis"
-A massive EMP blast that fries our electrical grid and our communications systems
-Last but certainly not least, a massive economic collapse that fundamentally changes life in America on a permanent basis
So what do you think?
Are there additional scenarios that you would add to the list above?
Please feel free to share what you think by posting a comment below...
Don't hold your breath waiting for that -- Washington resident
Especially since most of them are crazy anyhow.
Its your choice you can prep or you can stand around on a bridge waiting for FEMA to bring you a bottle of water, a MRE, a warm blanket and a kiss for your boo-boo and maybe you can even get your picture as you stand there on the national news.
Look what happens every Black Friday and thats just Christmas shopping, look at what happen during these recently winter storms in the south and now the northeast and thays isn’t real SHTF how do you think people will react then??
So listen to what the bible says: A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it. NIV Proverbs 22:3
One of the things Selco covers on his blog SHTF School is the fact that many will not accept that a breakdown is occurring even as they watch it happening before their eyes. Why dont they realize it? Its caused by a condition called Normalcy Bias a mental state people enter when facing a disaster.
It causes people to underestimate both the possibility of a disaster occurring and its possible effects. This often results in situations where people fail to adequately prepare for a disaster, and on a larger scale, the failure of governments to include the populace in its disaster preparations. The assumption that is made in the case of the normalcy bias is that since a disaster never has occurred then it never will occur. It also results in the inability of people to cope with a disaster once it occurs. People with a normalcy bias have difficulties reacting to something they have not experienced before. People also tend to interpret warnings in the most optimistic way possible, seizing on any ambiguities to infer a less serious situation.
A good article on Normalcy Bias is on our own ChocChipCookies Blog The Survival Mom:
You either prepare and stand on your own beholden to no one or you become dependent on others to provide your basic needs and become their serf. Me I dont want to be beholden to anyone for providing what is needed for me and mine. I certainly dont want to have to kiss some gubberment third class bureaucratic to try and coax some help from them, I dont want some jack booted thug herding me in line and telling me where to stand, sit, eat or sleep. And last but not least I dont want to be shut up in with a bunch of zombies and have to worry about not only trying to get basic necessities but having to fight to keep what I manage to get.
There is a Great article in my Preparedness Manual on building your on Bug Out Bag titled: A Highly-Mobility 72 Hour Kit-by Ward Dorrity. You can download the whole manual at:
http://tomeaker.com/kart/Preparedness1j.pdf NOTE! THIS IS A FREE DOWNLOAD. I DO NOT MAKE ONE CENT OFF MY PREPAREDNESS MANUAL!
For those of you who havent started already its time to prepare almost past time maybe. You needed to be stocking up on food guns, ammo, basic household supplies like soap, papergoods, cleaning supplies, good sturdy clothes including extra socks, underwear and extra shoes and boots, cash (I myself have been putting up change for the past few years both for the metal content and the fact that using change places to make what purchases you can will move you down the the list of possible marks during shtf), tools, things you buy everyday start buying two and put one up.
As the LDS say When the emergency is upon us the time for preparedness has past.
Again I like to recomend FReepers ChocoChipCookie Blog The Survival Mom (Please Blog Police let this one slide!) Where you can get lots of useful information like:
Also there is Ferfals Blog a survivor of Argentinas first collapse:
And there is Selcos Blog a Bosnian War survivor at:
There is no greater disaster than to underestimate danger. Underestimation can be fatal.
Civilization lasts as long as people choose to remain civilized.
As soon as they choose otherwise, we are back in the wilderness.
“So what do you think?”
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Just to be clear to all, Mount Rainer is NOT a hazard for an earth darkening eruption as you say. However, it IS very much at risk of a lahar - huge and fast snow/mud/rock slide that could make it into the populated South Puget Sound area and wipe out communities, bridges and highways.
I think there were a few Twilight Zone Episodes that addressed this issue.
Civilization will die without soap and toilet paper. Paper money does not make good toilet paper and coins are even worse. It is hard to reproduce, I would think having no real first hand knowledge, with a stinking woman.
Soap and toilet paper, food to keep up your energy up to protect them, and guns and ammo to keep the thieves at bay.
Civilization can return as long as the women don’t stink. That is my preping advice.
-A major eruption of Mt. Rainier or the Yellowstone supervolcano -The "Big One" hits California Only some as yet unexposed effect from HAARP could do it, either ours, the Russians' or the Chicoms'
-A massive earthquake along the New Madrid fault line Again, a HAARP type weapons effect
-A highly infectious pandemic that kills tens of millions of Americans The oligrachs would use it if they thought they could contain it eventually; the terrorists, being insane religious fanatics, would do it believing their lesser moon goddess would not let their populations die from it
-Hackers bring down the Internet or crash the banking system That is already being on the drawing boardsd of every major military in the world, and our folks are seeking counter measures, everyday, according to my son
-A massive tsunami hits either the east coast or the west coast destroying numerous major cities IF the terrorist maniacs have a nuke, they could use it to greatest devastational effect on our Eastern shoreline by dropping a major mountain into the sea a thousand miles from New York; it would be a nice coup for someone like Russia using a surrogate
-A major war erupts in the Middle East and the United States gets involved I suspect CIA Brennan is working on the gears for that one as we type!
-A crisis involving North Korea sparks a major war in Asia Not likely, since the Chicoms have the kimmies on a short leash.
-A terror attack that specifically targets our power grid WHEN the Islamic maniacs can figure out how to do it on a broad enough scale, they will do it, make no mistake
-A terror attack involving a weapon of mass destruction in one of our major cities Gee, ya think?
-A terror attack or a major natural disaster causes one or more nuclear facilities in the heart of the United States to experience a "Fukushima-like crisis" A land-locked plant is not nearly as useful for contamination as one nestled by the sea, so Hanford is more likely than a plain states or Southern States plant, though one on the Mississippi River would make a huge contamination problem effecting tens of millions.
-A massive EMP blast that fries our electrical grid and our communications systems The maniacs in Iran are putting all the parts into place to do just that, and the globalists bankers would welcome it as a breath of fresh air for their reset needs.
-Last but certainly not least, a massive economic collapse that fundamentally changes life in America on a permanent basis THAT is already being arranged! The ecomic system of the world and America in particular is sustained on debt accumulation, not wealth creation. Eventually, as has happened numerous times since the Western banking process was created, a reset point is reached where the return to the globalist bankers is under threat of being sequestered into the national government issuing currency as money not as collateral for private bankers.
So, which is most likely to happen first? Only God knows, but I'm betting a flase flag so horrible that survivors beg for the fedzilla to come and save them and protect them forever thereafter, like a major volcanic eruption or tsunami. However, 911 erased a lot of lawsuit records (bldg 7, Gold holdings under the towers, federal records of collected data by NSA/CIA/etc in bldg 6) and government black budget paper trails (at the particular point where the impact occurred on the Pentagon). So hitting NY with a false flag op might now be less agenda exposing.
Whatever comes, if not a natural disaster, will have specific agenda in mind, like ending the we the people Republic, finally. It might be planned as a stepwise process, for instance devastating the California food basket to the nation via massive earth quake which clips interstate connections Eastward, then a New Madrid which collapses connection between east and West of the Mississippi, then ... well, you get the gist. PUT NOTHING PAST DEMOCRIPS. They are evil incarnate when in power.
The more people who prepare something...for emergencies the better chances for all of U.S.
I know refuges from all over the world.
All the sane ones...”about half” conserve resources....save for future....ect..
Most Americans I know will have trouble if mcdonalds goes on strike.
Sounds like a redneck song!
Very much agree. But the tone of the article is concerning some kind of widespread catastrophe, and whereas a lahar can be catastrophic to those in its path, people 5 miles away might be entirely unaffected. Fortunately or unfortunately for those in its immediate path, the major risks between the mountain and Puget Sound are pretty well known and mapped out.
OK....That post goes into my all-time top 10 FR best comments.
That was great
I have staples that will last for several months. I do not live in a metropolitan area. I know how to hunt and fish and both of these bounties are near my home. Most of my neighbors are the same. I as the majority of my neighbors are well versed in the use of firearms. We will survive and we pray our skills are never needed.
“..people 5 miles away might be entirely unaffected.”
I wonder though on the supply routes for food, etc. into Seattle from points south along I-5. Although I-5 was shut down a few years ago for a week or so due to flooding and we survived that okay. But it would be several months I would think to get it open after a major lahar.
But still - a pretty localized event. I guess for some perspective look at Hurricane Katrina. A HUGE area was put into chaos, but Civilization didn’t crumble.
Even the Mexicans are learning this, and they don't have the concept of militia in their history or culture.
I’ve always said that the dividing line between civilization and barbarism is toilet paper. I am now adding soap.
In my opinion, The Twilight Zone was the best television show ever.
I have enjoyed from the time I was a kid until just a few weeks ago when I saw it again last.
What makes it so fascinating is how so many of the episodes appear to be a window into the future, and that window was looking at us.
My favorite episode, the one that blows my mind every single time I see it, is “The Obsolete Man”.
Winter weathe? Tsunamis? Earth quakes?
Nothing on this earth will unleash hell like the EBT syatem malfunctioning.
I am amazed at the people flooding the stores before a storm. Do they REALLY not have enough cans of soup, beans, cereal, bottles of water to get them through what will only be a few days, if that? Sometimes I think they don’t know WHAT else to do so they just go crazy. I’ll bet most of them have enough essentials in their cupboards. I know no one who plays it so close to the edge that they’ll starve if they cannot get out for a couple of days.
Never saw that one. Incredible. 50 yrs old and better than 99.99% of what’s been on since.
Yes, starring Burgess Meredith. Wonderful Actor.
He also did the Episode where he was the last Man on Earth, looking forward to reading all those Books, and then of course he breaks his Glasses.
He did a few other Episodes I believe. Lots of up and coming Actors did that series.
Of course I remember when he played the Penguin on the Batman TV Show.
Take a look at Patriot Nurse’s You Tubes. She gives classes for those who prep. She did a blunt rundown in one video about how things would go down, deathwise. It was not wrapped in cotton candy. It pissed off some. Truth hurts.
When we still lived in the Northern Sierras, we were over-ran by Bay area people. One snowflake, and the store was wiped out... of stuff you needed electricity to keep and prepare. laughing... They had wood stoves removed when they bought a place. PG&E cut power off when the sun shined too brightly. A minor storm meant at least 3 days without power. No wood stove, no heat, no cook stove or wood stove to warm food and make coffee on, etc. Most went back “home” to the Bay area. Sadly, they always came back.
Sadly, most Americans do not have the skills to get through 72 hours, let alone anything that lasts longer.
A morning smile or a cry which ever fits the bill.
Aug. 12 - Moved into our new home in Pennsylvania. It is so beautiful here. The hills and river valleys are so picturesque. I have a beautiful old oak tree in my front yard. Can hardly wait to see the change in the seasons. This is truly God’s Country.
Oct. 14 - Pennsylvania is such a gorgeous place to live, one of the real special places on Earth. The leaves are turning a multitude of different colors. I love all of the shades of reds, oranges and yellows, they are so bright. I want to walk through all of the beautiful hills and spot some white tail deer. They are so graceful; certainly they must be the most peaceful creatures on Earth. This must be paradise.
Nov. 11 - Deer season opens this week. I can’t imagine why anyone would want to shoot these elegant animals. They are the very symbol of peace and tranquility here. I hope it snows soon. I love it here!
Dec. 2 - It snowed last night. I woke to the usual wonderful sight: everything covered in a beautiful blanket of white. The oak tree is magnificent. It looks like a postcard. We went out and swept the snow from the steps and driveway. The air is so crisp, clean and refreshing. We had a snowball fight. I won, and the snowplow came down the street. He must have gotten too close to the driveway because we had to go out and shovel the end of the driveway again. What a beautiful place. Nature in harmony. I love it here!
Dec. 12 - More snow last night. I love it! The plow did his cute little trick again. What a rascal. A winter wonderland. I love it here!
Dec. 19 - More snow - couldn’t get out of the driveway to get to work in time. I’m exhausted from all of the shoveling. And that snowplow!
Dec. 21 - More of that white shit coming down. I’ve got blisters on my hands and a kink in my back. I think that the snowplow driver waits around the corner until I’m done shoveling the driveway. Asshole.
Dec. 25 - White Christmas? More freakin’ snow. If I ever get my hands on the son of a bitch who drives that snowplow, I swear I’ll castrate him. And why don’t they use more salt on these roads to melt this crap??
Dec. 28 - It hasn’t stopped snowing since Christmas. I have been inside since then, except of course when that SOB “Snowplow Harry” comes by. Can’t go anywhere, cars are buried up to the windows. Weather man says to expect another 10 inches. Do you have any idea how many shovelfuls 10 inches is??
Jan. 1 - Happy New Year? The way it’s coming down it won’t melt until the 4th of July! The snowplow got stuck down the road and the shithead actually had the balls to come and ask to borrow a shovel! I told him I’d broken 6 already this season.
Jan. 4 - Finally got out of the house. We went to the store to get some food and a goddamn deer ran out in front of my car and I hit the bastard.
It did $3,000 in damage to the car. Those beasts ought to be killed. The hunters should have a longer season if you ask me.
Jan. 27 - Warmed up a little and rained today. The rain turned the snow into ice and the weight of it broke the main limb of the oak tree in the front yard and it went through the roof. I should have cut that old piece of shit into fireplace wood when I had the chance.
May 23 - Took my car to the local garage. Would you believe the whole underside of the car is rusted away from all of that damn salt they dump on the road? Car looks like a bashed up, heap of rusted cow shit.
June 10 - Sold the car, the house, and moved to Florida. I can’t imagine why anyone in their freakin’ mind would ever want to live in the God forsaken State of Pennsylvania.
The crazed lunatic occupies the WH.
Love it!! I’ll be looking for your diary updates from sunny Florida near the end of August!
In defense of good southerners in the Atlanta area, I must say.....
I was shopping in one of those grocery stores in the burbs just north of Atlanta late Monday afternoon just before the storm hit. Being on a low-salt diet, we don’t do well with canned goods (very high salt content), so getting fresh veggies if possible was important. The store was packed with shoppers, shelves were not totally empty, but getting there fast. I had to settle for veggies that were not my favorites, but that was okay (author of article was wrong, corn and asparagus were popular and already gone, as were tomatoes, potatoes, and all the fruit except apples and oranges which are in big supply right now.
I didn’t see any fights or pushing and shoving, but actually the opposite. People seemed even more friendly than usual, talking, smiling, apologizing for the crowded isle causing accidentally bumping. Being helpful, a very tall man stopped and offered to help me get an item on the top shelf that I was struggling to reach.
I saw a lady with her buggy full to overflowing and another lady asking her if she really needed that much food for just a few days, and the lady replied that because she lived close to the main road she wanted plenty of extra food in case there were stranded drivers in this storm who needed help and so she could feed them. The other lady then said, that maybe she should get some extra food to neighbors who might need it.
I have to be honest..... there may have been some instances in the “hood” of fighting and violence, there always is, and it doesn’t take an incoming storm to provoke it,they shoot people in bar parking lots on normal Friday nights. Just be aware that there is another side to Atlanta. It’s not always a racial or income difference, but an attitude difference.
Ping to PA—>FL post!
A very common experience in my area, not the gun part but plows covering and recovering driveway entrances, it's illegal to shovel it back into the street too.
Having been through every major and minor hurricane since Camille and through to Katrina, what you describe is the norm in the South. We have isolated pockets of problems (New Orleans) but everyone here is well armed and people get real civil when disaster happens.
I suspect that in this area, wild game will be bagged and consumed at a speed that will stun everyone that doesn't pay attention to the lessons of history and age-old calculations of how much land it takes to sustain even small groups of people. When every able-bodied human tramps off with whatever weapon they can scrounge to shoot at anything they can see, It'll get interesting (to say the least). Us prairie-dwellers may already be killing each other over the ever-dwindling supply of firewood by that time.
I live in the Baltimore/Washington corridor. Our area got about 18” yesterday, with a few more at night. We fired up the snowplow, fed the livestock, and went about our business.
I was listening to a DC radio station yesterday morning, and I heard, “Coming up next - people who are stuck in their homes, and how they are coping.”
This was at about 10:30 in the morning. How are they COPING??? After just a couple hours? It’s your HOME. You should WANT to be there. With your FAMILY. I was so sad for those people. How spirtually and emotionally bankrupt they must be, to be forced to spend a day in their HOMES. If I felt that way, I’d know something was dreadfully wrong and I’d try to fix it.
Reminds me of the fable of the Ant and the Grasshopper.
You could easily change the state to New York and it would be just as true.
Wimps! It's a product of mother nature called snow. Snow is part of “winter”, get over it. Here in the north, we deal with snow almost daily. If you want to get “out”, plan ahead, take care of YOURSELF and you Neighbor. Stop whining.
Wimps! It's a product of mother nature called snow. Snow is part of “winter”, get over it. Here in the north, we deal with snow almost daily. If you want to get “out”, plan ahead, take care of YOURSELF and you Neighbor. Stop whining.
Duh,, obama doing his best to make it all happen.
Two things worth repeating:
“Trappers never go hungry.” There are always rabbits, squirrels, and rats.
“Never underestimate the efficiency of market hunting.” In an ‘apocalypse’, larger game (and pets) will disappear in a week.
It’s coming down hard right now here in central Illinois. We’re only expected to get two to three inches this time. That’s in addition to the two feet that’s been on the ground for the past three weeks or so.
Yep, we’re used to it here too but I still am sick of it, that and the below zero temps, day after day. I’m more of a summer person.
Bring me some of that global warming!
Take this or leave it, I don’t care what you do with it, but there is a new clown that is being brought into the DoJ civil rights division.
His job is to orchestrate R King type race riots throughout the country.
He is going to be targeting “racial profiling” by police. If it sounds familiar it should. It will be a repeat of the Gates “racial profiling” dust up in 2009.
This tells you Hillary is behind it because Gov. B. Clinton was sued for ordering his state troopers to racial profile and Hillary has been looking to get even with evil republicans ever since.
Once the civil unrest and race riots start the terrorist being so in tune with the news will just “spontaneously” start carrying out terrorist attacks.
Just like when the terrorist picked up on the protest in Egypt and “spontaneously” planned the attack in Benghazi.
Before that when Obama sent people to Florida to orchestrate civil unrest/protest with Trayvon Martin the terrorist being so in tune with the news “spontaneously” planned a bombing of an airliner.
Before that when the dems began making claims of how the TEA Party were a bunch of ultra violent Tim McVeigh wannabes, the terrorist being so in tune with the news, picked up on the dems talking points in the news and “spontaneously” planned a car bomb in NYC. A fertilizer bomb just like Tim McVeigh used.
Once the terrorist attacks start, because that will be acts of war, the fed govt takes control of any national guard that has been deployed to handle the civil unreast.
This article is hyperbolic crap.
There were countless examples of people helping others. All people aren’t self-centered jerks. I live in a pro-2nd amendment Christian community where people look out for each other.