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    Welcome to Terminus: “How Can You Not See the Parallels Between American Society and the Zombies?”

    Jim Quinn
    April 7th, 2014
    The Burning Platform
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    “Life improves slowly and goes wrong fast, and only catastrophe is clearly visible.” – Edward Teller

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    I was a late arrival to the Walking Dead television program. I don’t watch much of the mindless drivel passing for entertainment on the 600 worthless channels available 24/7 on cable TV. I assumed it was another superficial zombie horror show on par with the teenage vampire crap polluting the airwaves. Last year a friend told me I had to watch the show. I was hooked immediately and after some marathon watching of seasons one and two, I understood the various storylines and back stories. What the show doesn’t openly reveal is the deeper meanings, symbolism, and lessons we can learn from viewing human beings trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. In my opinion, the horror and gore is secondary to the human responses to horrific circumstances and the consequences of individual and group decisions to their survival.

    As the end of season four approached, the disbursed characters were descending upon a place called Terminus. They were drawn by the intriguing and hopeful signs posted at various railroad junctions promising sanctuary, community and survival. Of course the name Terminus does not sound very inviting or hopeful. There are multiple possible meanings regarding Terminus. The Roman god Terminus protected boundary markers and sacrifices were performed to sanctify each boundary stone. The bones, ashes, and blood of a sacrificial victim, along with crops, honeycombs, and wine, were placed into a hole at a point where estates converged, and the stone was driven in on top. Maintaining boundaries and sacrifice are major themes throughout the series.

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    The show is set in the metropolitan Atlanta area of Georgia and the surrounding countryside. It just so happens that during the 1830s Terminus was the name of a settlement at the end of the Western and Atlantic railroad line. That settlement is now Atlanta. Terminus is also the title of the final poem ever composed by Ralph Waldo Emerson. The poem focuses on a conversation between the author and the god Terminus, discussing the author’s forthcoming death. The message of the poem is to resist fear and prepare for death. The destination is worth the journey.

    “As the bird trims her to the gale,

    I trim myself to the storm of time,

    I man the rudder, reef the sail,

    Obey the voice at eve obeyed at prime:

    “Lowly faithful, banish fear,

    Right onward drive unharmed;

    The port, well worth the cruise, is near,

    And every wave is charmed.”

    We are only given a short time on this earth and the end of the line will be the same for everyone. What matters is how we conduct ourselves during our own journey towards our personal Terminus. Have we served as a virtuous example for our children, sacrificed for others, and benefited humanity or have we displayed greed, avarice and selfishness during our trek through life? As we approach our own meeting with destiny, the actions and morality of individuals will matter. I don’t know the motivations of the writers creating the themes for the Walking Dead, but the show connects with me on a number of levels. I look around and see hordes of zombies everywhere.

    Zombification of America

    “The real hopeless victims of mental illness are to be found among those who appear to be most normal. Many of them are normal because they are so well adjusted to our mode of existence, because their human voice has been silenced so early in their lives that they do not even struggle or suffer or develop symptoms as the neurotic does. They are normal not in what may be called the absolute sense of the word; they are normal only in relation to a profoundly abnormal society. Their perfect adjustment to that abnormal society is a measure of their mental sickness. These millions of abnormally normal people, living without fuss in a society to which, if they were fully human beings, they ought not to be adjusted.” – Aldous Huxley – Brave New World Revisited

    Terminus---American-Zombie

    The vast majority of the population in the post-apocalyptic world of the Walking Dead is mindless zombies driven by only their need to feed upon human flesh. They are infected with a disease that disables the cognitive portion of their brains and leaves them as slobbering predatory zombies seeking to satisfy their vile needs. They are referred to as “walkers” or “biters” as they aimlessly roam the countryside seeking human flesh. Everyone bitten or killed by a zombie is infected and turned into a zombie. The only way to stop them is by destroying their brain. The relentless violence and gore is not for the squeamish, but is probably a realistic portrayal of the brutishness and harsh conditions that will overwhelm this country once the electrical grid goes down, fuel becomes scarce and the global supply chain fails. Our just in time society is about one week from chaos, lawlessness, starvation and death on a grand scale.

    As I watch the hordes of hideous brain dead zombies shuffling across the apocalyptic landscape seeking to satiate their basest cravings I can’t help but see the parallels with the millions of mindless tattooed obese slobs waddling across mall parking lots past vacant store fronts staring zombielike at their iGadgets as they seek to satisfy their basest desires at Macy’s and Chipotle. A virus has overspread our country causing a vast swath of the population to gratuitously assuage their every want without thinking of the consequences. The sickness is caused by being imprisoned for twelve years in government run public schools, watching thousands of hours of propaganda emitted by the corporate media, viewing hundreds of brain cell destroying reality TV shows, reading and sending thousands of texts and tweets, and being overwhelmed by the delusional belief spending more than they make, saving nothing, and piling up mountains of debt is the path to success in our contaminated society.

    In the show there is no clear explanation as to why the majority of the population have been infected and turned into zombies, while a tiny minority is unaffected and able to think critically and act rationally. It is revealed that all living people are infected with the zombie virus, but it remains dormant in a minority of the survivors. Death by any means triggers the virus and turns the corpse into a mindless flesh eating zombie. There are 318 million Americans and a majority of them fall into the category of zombies in my estimation. Every American has the zombie virus within them. It has been incubated by corrupt vote seeking politicians, control hungry government sociopaths, mind numbingly worthless public education, and the relentless dumbing down through corporate media propaganda and vacuous reality TV entertainment. Once cogent thinking aware citizens have been zombiefied into mindless impulsive consumers.

    How can you not see the parallels between American society and the zombies in the Walking Dead? Walk down any city street in America and you see hordes shuffling along staring with blank faces and glazed over eyes at their iGadgets. Black Friday is identical to flinging a freshly slaughtered hog in front of the flesh eating zombies. Americans flock to malls across our apocalyptic suburban sprawl landscape and proceed to stampede, gouge, and punch their way to a fantastic bargain on a Chinese slave labor produced microwave they must have to cook their toxic frankenfood created by one of our corporate food conglomerates. The Black Friday crowds actually make the zombies from the Walking Dead seem well behaved. While the American zombies are shambling through superficial lives of pleasure seeking, mass consumption, and a delusional faith in debt based wealth, there is still a minority of rational thinking people who can control their impulses and resist the disease devouring our culture.

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    “Our economy is based on spending billions to persuade people that happiness is buying things, and then insisting that the only way to have a viable economy is to make things for people to buy so they’ll have jobs and get enough money to buy things.” ― Philip Slater                  

    Collapse Will Be Sudden

    “That’s the thing about the collapse of civilization. It never happens according to plan – there’s no slavering horde of zombies. No actinic flash of thermonuclear war. No Earth-shuddering asteroid. The end comes in unforeseen ways; the stock market collapses, and then the banks, and then there is no food in the supermarkets, or the communications system goes down completely and inevitably, and previously amiable co-workers find themselves wrestling over the last remaining cookie that someone brought in before all the madness began.” ― Mark A. Rayner – The Fridgularity

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    What you note after watching a few episodes of the Walking Dead is that collapse happened suddenly. Cities, towns, houses and highways remained relatively intact. The decay and deterioration caused by neglect and abandonment are the only visible signs that modern civilization has ceased. The show highlights the life-threatening difficulty of enduring on a day to day basis without the certainty of shelter, food, water, and fuel. The average asleep American isn’t prepared to last one week without the basics of modern life. They haven’t stocked any food, water or fuel in case of an emergency. Their normalcy bias keeps them from even considering the high likelihood of even a natural disaster caused by a hurricane, snowstorm, or earthquake. Recent examples of most people’s complete helplessness were the snow and ice storms that struck this past winter and hurricanes Sandy and Katrina. Without power and access to food and water, modern society breaks down quickly, with chaos, looting and anarchy only days away.

    It is unlikely that collapse of civilization as we know it will happen due to some extreme event such as nuclear war, super volcano, or asteroid. When our central banker masters of the universe trigger the next financial system collapse, with no monetary bullets of debasement left in their pop gun, the resulting chaos when ATMs stop spitting out $20 bills and EBT cards for 47 million people stop functioning at Wally World will be epic. We got a glimpse into the future this past October when the EBT system went down in several states for a few hours on a Saturday afternoon. Zombies began to ransack Wal-Mart stores attempting to steal as much as they could get away with. Chaos, anger and criminal behavior was virtually instantaneous. A vast swath of EBT dependent zombies live in our numerous urban ghettos and when the EBT system goes down permanently violence will quickly erupt. Police will be vastly out-numbered, hungry mobs will become armed gangs of violent looters burning down their ghettos, ransacking and plundering businesses, stores and homes, and stealing everything that isn’t nailed down. Visualize the L.A. riots after the Rodney King verdict in every urban area in the country.

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    The fragility of our debt financed oil dependent just in time global supply chain system is beyond the comprehension of the average zombie American. They are too distracted by mass consuming the products dependent on that very same fragile scheme. They are clueless zombie-like dupes who believe $20 bills magically appear in ATMs, Funyuns and Cheetos miraculously materialize on Wal-Mart shelves, gasoline endlessly bubbles up from the ground into the hose they stick in their $40,000 monster SUVs “bought” with a 0% seven year loan from Ally Financial, and that enchanted plastic card with a magnetic strip empowers them to fulfill every craving like a zombie feeding on a dead carcass.

    There is a worldwide currency and petroleum war being waged today as too much fiat currency is chasing a dwindling amount of cheap petroleum supplies. The developed world has experienced a century of relative illusory prosperity as cheap easy to access fuel and cheap easy to print fiat currency have led zombies to believe progress and prosperity are their god given right. The most highly educated zombies will be the most shocked when they realize the reality they believed was all an illusion. The Starbucks “Triple, Venti, Half Sweet, Non-Fat, Caramel Macchiato” crowd who isolate themselves in their 100% financed 5,000 square foot luxury cookie cutter brick McMansions amidst 200 other identical McMansions occupied by reclusive strangers in enclaves pretentiously named The Preserve at Meadow Lakes, and driving multiple leased BMWs, are about as prepared for a collapse of modern society as a helpless child. The suburban wasteland of strip malls, office parks, and fast food joints is completely dependent upon an endless supply ofcheap oil and cheap credit.

    The cracks in this delusionary foundation are visible for all to see as Space Available signs outnumber actual businesses, pothole dotted highways deteriorate,sewer lines crack, and houses in disrepair outnumber those being kept up. It takes money to keep a home from deteriorating and it happens to be in short supply for 90% of the population. Despite the non-stop money printing operation at the Fed and the mainstream media fantasy stories of shale oil energy independence, the suburban dream is turning into a nightmare. When the inevitable financial implosion strikes in the next few years, the illusion of progress will come to an end. The inner cities will explode in violence and will burn. The police will be helpless and scared. There will be death on a large scale.

    Suburbia will turn into a lawless landscape where neighbors turn on each other, as they have failed to create real communities. The isolation and seclusion which have marked suburban existence for the last thirty years will contribute to the creation of criminal gangs looting and pillaging stores, businesses and unprotected homes. After the collapse the only people likely to survive relatively unscathed are rural folk. Farmers, ranchers and those capable of living off the land have the abilities to endure a breakdown in our modern society. These people are prepared, know how to use firearms and create communities of self-sufficiency. No one will thrive in the world coming our way, but those not dependent upon or tied to our modern societal paradigm have a better chance to survive.

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    “If people feel lost and alone and helpless and broken and hopeless today, what will it be like if the world really begins to come apart at the hinges?” Brandon Andress – And Then the End Will Come!

    Individualism vs Community

    “The values to which people cling most stubbornly under inappropriate conditions are those values that were previously the source of their greatest triumphs.” ― Jared Diamond – Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

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    Our society has always glorified rugged individualism. We celebrate individual accomplishments and make heroes of those who have gone it alone and triumphed either in business, politics, sports, or the arts. Overcoming tremendous obstacles and going it alone in the face of adversity has been the narrative Americans admire and seek to emulate. Even the reality TV shows about preppers focus on individuals who plan on going it alone when civilization enters collapse mode. These rugged loners take pride in individualism, build bunkers, amass small arsenals and stockpile food and supplies. They will likely survive the initial onslaught of collapse and first wave of violence. But how long can an individual expect to survive alone in a Walking Dead environment? The traits which were appropriate and rewarded in modern society will be inappropriate and fatal in a post-modern society. A lesson from the show is clearly that a community of like-minded individuals working together has a better chance at long-term survival than a loner. Just make sure you join the right community.

    With hordes of flesh eating automatons roaming the countryside it was essential for the living to form communities in order to fend off the zombies, protect each other, provide shelter, and forage for food. An individual alone had no chance at survival as falling asleep would ultimately prove fatal if a zombie stumbled upon your camp. The group led by Sheriff Rick Grimes eventually creates a community within the gates of an abandoned prison. The irony of seeing mindless throngs of soulless killers attempting to breakdown the fences to get “into” the prison is not lost on the audience. At first, the occupants of the prison would leave on foraging/pillaging missions to nearby cities and towns attempting to find food, medical supplies, gasoline and any other essential necessities of life. Eventually Hershel, the wise old man of the community, convinced Rick that cultivating the soil, sowing seeds and growing their own food was the only chance for their community to thrive over the long haul. Working with your hands is refreshing to the soul. Jesus’ Parable of the Sower immediately comes to mind.

    Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow: And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the birds of the air came and devoured it up. And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. And some fell among thorns, the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. And other fell on good ground, did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, some an hundred. He said unto them, He that has ears to hear, let him hear. — Mark 4:3-9

    Some communities are evil at their core and will commit malevolent atrocities. Some communities will appear ethical, but when hardship strikes they will fall back to their wicked ways. Communities of those addicted to riches and wealth will ignore the pleas of the downtrodden and wail and gnash their teeth when their worldly wealth evaporates.  A fruitful community that chooses decent honorable leaders, adopts a moral code, treats all members with respect, encourages hard work and accountability, and plans for the future, will reap the benefits of sustainability and stability. Cultivating a good community is difficult, requiring sacrifice, compromise, hard work, difficult choices, and depends upon the goodwill of all members. Rick tried to become a farmer, but Carol saw the future clearly telling him, “you can be a farmer, you can’t just be a farmer”. A peaceful happy ending was not to be.

    The community of Woodbury, led by a despicably evil man referred to as the governor, gave outward appearances of stability and health. But it was ruled through fear, intimidation, vindictiveness and evil. Leaders like the governor arise during desperate times when the weak seek someone who promises to save them and keep them safe. Leaders like the governor are far more savage, ruthless and dangerous than the flesh eating zombie hordes because they kill with malicious intent, fully knowledgeable of the consequences of their actions. Eventually good communities led by good people must stand up and fight bad communities led by evil men, no matter the consequences. Under dire circumstances and an uncertain future we will need to decide what kind of community we will be. What kind of people we will be. Will we fight for a better future for our children? Can we retain our humanity or will we become no better than the walking dead?

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    “What fascinates me is not so much humanity’s engulfment in darkness, but what kind of culture we will construct from the rubble of this one.” Carolyn Baker – Collapsing Consciously: Transformative Truths for Turbulent Times

    Who Are the Real Walking Dead?

    The central question permeating the Walking Dead is whether the living can maintain their humanity amidst so much horror, brutality, death, and desolation. Can the living continue to show compassion, kindness, mercy and love in a world torn apart by disarray, violence, viciousness and despair?  Throughout the series those who haven’t “turned” still have the capacity to empathize, comfort one another, offer succor, and show mercy and kindness. But after enduring unending horrors, cruelty, death and sorrow, it appears some of the characters are “turning” into the very monsters pursuing them.

    Every human being has their breaking point. The main characters must commit increasingly heinous acts in order to survive. The walkers have no choice. Their humanity was stripped from them by the virus. The living have a choice. The mental anguish pushes some (Lizzy) over the edge into insanity. Others (Michonne and Carl) are torn by guilt that they have become monsters. Carol justifies her ruthlessness as the only choice for survival – just like the walkers. The seismic shift occurs when Rick, seeing his son being sexually assaulted, goes full zombie and bites the jugular of his captor and relentlessly stabs his son’s attacker. Daryl kills one of the bad guys by crushing his skull with his boot. Many of the characters have made a choice to shed their humanity in order to protect their family and friends. As the series completes its fourth season we are left with a question. Are the zombies really the “walking dead” or are the living really the “walking dead”?

    Life is complicated and those seeking simplicity and consistency will be terribly disappointed. The future is not going to be bright for our empire of debt and delusions. Times that will try men’s souls are on the horizon. The choices we make as individuals and communities will matter. Every human being has the capacity for good or evil. We will be alone in deciding whether we gravitate toward the dark side of our character or whether we make a stand for all that is noble and decent. Retaining our humanity during the trials and tribulations that await us will be crucial to creating a community that is sustainable and a future worth living and fighting for. It is clear that Terminus is not a true sanctuary for all. It permeates evil. As all of the “good” people are herded into a single boxcar I couldn’t help but see the parallels of the Nazis herding the Jews into boxcars for their final destination. Passive submission to an evil authority never ends well.

    As the door is slammed shut and the protagonists are reunited, Rick declares“they’re gonna feel pretty stupid when they find out.” Abraham then asks “find out what?” Rick’s “they’re screwing with the wrong people” response confirms his transformation from an ambivalent reluctant leader into a powerful figure who will do anything necessary to protect his family, friends and community. This Fourth Turning has yet to reach its bloody, violent, chaotic zenith. The popularity of shows like the Walking Dead is a sign of the darkening mood change in this country. With our fragile fraudulent finance driven eco-system teetering on the edge, the threat of collapse is ever present. Within one week of a financial system collapse we would enter a Walking Dead like scenario. Each American who hasn’t already been infected with the zombie virus needs to prepare now and decide what kind of person they will become as the collapse engulfs our society. We all exit this world as we entered it – alone. But we have the wherewithal to positively impact the rebuilding of our culture from the rubble of this one. Are you ready to meet the deadly trials ahead? The choices we make over the next decade will determine if this is the end of the line for our civilization or a new beginning..

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    “We live together, we act on, and react to, one another; but always and in all circumstances we are by ourselves. The martyrs go hand in hand into the arena; they are crucified alone. By its very nature every embodied spirit is doomed to suffer and enjoy in solitude. Sensations, feelings, insights, fancies—all these are private and, except through symbols and at second hand, incommunicable. We can pool information about experiences, but never the experiences themselves. From family to nation, every human group is a society of island universes.” ― Aldous Huxley – Doors of Perception

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    1. Jerry says:

      There was a reason Romero used the walking dead zombie as a metaphor for the average American.

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      • The Stig's American Cousin says:

        The education system has turned most people from the “rugged individual” to the kind of person that craves approval from an authority figure.
        Most people don’t even realize that this has happened.

        I mean, a lot of people are like this. These people perpetuate this kind of behavior when they are in charge of something. What passes for “leadership” in this country is quickly becoming absurd. These days, a good, hard working person who has never done anything or said anything in the workplace can get fired simply for what they believe. Is this really the world we want to live in? As long as it is left at home, so what?

        Back to the topic. Many people these days are living like zombies. We have all swallowed the ultimate in censorship: POLITICAL CORRECTNESS. God forbid a person says “secretary” or “stewardess” or something that hasn’t been approved by the political left. You could lose you job, or worse, go to “sensitivity training.”

        These days, we are all something, we have ALL been labeled.

        Most of us are stumbling through life unaware, like zombies.

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        • The Stig's American Cousin says:

          To all the naysayers and morons out there.

          Who are you going to lash out at when your blinders are removed? Will that do any good?
          What if there is no power?
          How are you going to feed your family?
          What if there are angry people wherever you go? What if these people lash out at you?

          Just a little food for thought.

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      • ChazzD says:

        “They are going to feel really stupid when they find out”
        “Find out what?”
        “That they are screwing with the wrong people!”

        I’m not talking about Walking Dead!!!!!

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        • KY Mom says:

          We know difficult times are ahead. Every bit of preparation helps – every can of food saved, each new skill learned, etc. I just try to take one day at a time. I hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.

          “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
          Proverbs 3:5-6

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          • PO'd Patriot says:

            Indeed. Keep reminding us.

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          • the renegade braveheart says:

            Ky Mom, AMEN to your comments and thank you for that passage from Proverbs.

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          • PO'd Patriot says:

            Please KY Mom, never tire!

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            • ready down under says:

              WOW! WOW!!!!

              That was the most powerful article I have EVER read on what the future holds. Nothing else has even come close.

              Thanks Mac!

              I know deep down in my heart and soul the World is headed for a place it has never been – not the hordes of human flesh eating zombies (although don’t rule out some measure of cannibalism), that is just Hollyweird’s fantasy to “entertain” and make money – but a real apocalypse, a chaos and anarchy that will bring out the very worst in humanity.

              A snip from the article – “a realistic portrayal of the brutishness and harsh conditions that will overwhelm this country once the electrical grid goes down, fuel becomes scarce and the global supply chain fails. Our just in time society is about one week from chaos, lawlessness, starvation and death on a grand scale”

              Got that? Now go back and read the article again! Then print it out and stick it on the fridge. Then, every time you get disheartened, when some relative, friend or just plain sheeple pokes fun at you for prepping – go to the fridge and read it again!

              Thanks again Mac!

              Aussie

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              • Tucker says:

                I agree. It is powerful, so powerful that I find myself at a loss for words to describe the somber mood that settled over me as I read through it.

                I do know this – when this collapse arrives, I would not want to be standing in a liberal’s sneakers, because this will be the final judgment day, the end of the line, for these mentally insane, nation, race and culture destroying Cultural Marxist termites.

                We will all remember who it was to worked so hard to deprive law abiding people of their most effective means of self protection, i.e, our firearms. We will remember who it was who worked so hard to break down the social cohesion and safety of homogenous communities consisting of people who shared common values, common ancestry, common traditions and common morals. We will remember who waged war on the most sacred of all human rights – the freedom of association.

                We will remember who was responsible for pandering to the worst and most decadent and depraved elements of our society and who encouraged them in their dysfunctional, violent, criminally prone, and parasitically driven behaviors and lifestyles.

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              • Caveman says:

                The veneer of civilization is as thin as wallpaper. And not even THAT solidly attached.

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          • Anon 7 says:

            KY Mom: Good advise for most because if you don’t, God will surely mess you up, “…utterly destroy all that they have, and spare not them… but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling”–I Samuel 15:2-3 and “…their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes, and their wives ravished”–Isaiah 15:15-16. Funny how they never use these passages in church as warnings. That would sure keep people in line don’t you think.

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        • Calgacus says:

          Question is do the Connecticut militarized LEOs have their eyes open?
          Right now the Militiamen called Check. Now its up to those in charge.

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          • PO'd Patriot says:

            Si’, waiting to see who calls checkmate. I’ve already talked to the missus and told her I might have to head north. I got a strong son,(man-grown) who has been taught right, on what is expected of him in my absence, to carry on in the ways a man should see to the family, this ain’t gonna be no whiffle ball people, only HARD BALL. Sitting here on this site churning cliche will be over. Take heed. POP.

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          • jerrytbg says:

            I couldn’t agree more Calgacus… with all those Patriots saying NO…
            That was a genuine shock to the ptb…
            And they don’t have clue what to do next… sure they’re mulling over their options… and none of them are good.

            Love it!!

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          • JayJay says:

            Yep–Connecticutious authorities got real quiet when called on their bluff.

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      • Be informed says:

        Very depressing article. I don’t know if it is the chemical toxins that are destroying people’s minds, the sloth disease of mental laziness, the de-evolving of the human mind, or that people have chosen to embrace their animalistic traits and act as much monkey as possible. It is a trend that means that any enemy can walk in and pretty much take over without much a fight. People are absolutely not the same as when I grew up, they had spirit and some degree of common sense.

        Maybe there is some evil force behind this. The more that someone is lobotomized the more control you have over them. I can’t see why anyone would want to control a bunch of zombies though. You could get better results from androids than human beings with all sorts of “parts” that break down in short order. If I was a leader I would be encouraging people to become as educated as possible and strive to better the world as much as possible. I would be encouraging people to constantly think outside the box and look for solutions to all problems. Of course that is just me, someone that wants what is best for the world.

        I guess we the 1% are just stuck with the 99% zombieland, or how I like to put it in another name, SHIT STUPID CONFORMISTs.

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        • Anonymous says:

          BI, as usual very intelligent commentary by you. Specific to the “Maybe there is some evil force behind this comment” I must state IMHO, we are not facing some out of space phenomena, rather the evil forces are real humans (if you can call them as such) and they are simply after total control of the resources and better /more comfortable life for themselves and their inner tribes.

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        • pissinwiththewind says:

          Yes BI,

          It is a depressing article. But, very much a reality check for those not putting things into perspective.

          Perspective???

          This is how i see it. Many thousands (or hundreds of thousands) of years ago, Lucifer went bad and convinced a “third” of God’s children to go bad with him.

          Another “third” sort of stradled the fence and neither made a stand with Lucifer, or God; but could possibly be swayed in either direction if they got what they wanted.

          The remaining “third” stood strong with their Heavenly Father and stood for what is right and true, and against Satan and evilness.

          It’s pretty much the same way today. A “third” are truly evil.
          Another “third” don’t really give a shit either way as long as it doesn’t directly affect them.

          The remaining “third” are basically good and have compassion. The problem with about half of this “good” third is that they have fallen asleep and become too complacent.
          With all that we are doing and saying, and sites like SHTF are being discovered, more and more are waking up to reality and starting to get their act together.

          Hope there is enough time left for the remaing part of the “good” third to get with the program and quit playing ostrich.

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        • eppe says:

          BI:
          Any idea why they call it Terminus? Because before it was called Atlanta, it was called Terminus, because it was the roundhouse switching spot for trains to go different routes. Before it was Terminus, it was called Marthasville, and was not the capitol of Georgia. The capitol of Georgia was Millidgeville in Baldwin county, about 120 mile south. They had a RED light district that got so bad they had to change towns for a capitol. My family tree includes the Ivey name, which was one of the first log cabins in Marthasville.

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          • eppe says:

            PS, Millidgeville also had an insane asylum, my mother always told me that I was going to send her to Millidgeville… You know how us hellions were?
            I had to research it to figure out what she meant…

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        • kimintn says:

          @ BI OT a bit, but was the 3.1 on the New Madrid last night related to the mid-atlantic from 3/20? didn’t last long, heard it more than felt it, like someone was driving a tank up to the barn. if you get a chance, could you let us know if this was a precursor or just stretching? (i wrote on the last post, but it takes me forever to scroll thru all those…)

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        • the renegade braveheart says:

          BI, good evening my friend, and I agree a very depressing but nevertheless important article. I think it’s a combination of everything you mentioned. I believe the only effective way to deal with zombies will be to kill them.

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          • Paranoid says:

            IMHO a better way will be to keep your head down for awhile and let them do each other in. As soon as they run low on drugs, they will start killing each other for them because the good people don’t have what they want and our hands aren’t shaking. I figure way over half of them won’t even get a mile from home.

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      • Anonymous says:

        EBOLA SPREADIN… A case in Minnesota, Canada and New York City. News at The Daily Sheeple.

        My, my so much bad news… hard to write it all down! : (

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      • The Lone Ranger says:

        Terminus comes for the word that means “end” or “death”.

        Terminus, therefore, is a metaphor for the Fema [D*E*A*T*H*] Camps where millions of desperate Americans will show up, thinking they will find shelter and food after banks [currencies] collapse, commerce goes dead, and deliveries of basic goods stops.

        They will arrive by car, by truck, by trains [box cars]– voluntarily or forced by hundreds of thousands of Russian and other foreign soldiers already training on our own soil..

        What those Americans will find will make Hitler look like an amateur: Guillotines, Crematoriums, and Soldiers who have been chipped like Tim McVey and the September Naval Yard shooter were.

        (Notice how psychotropic drugs are blamed to obfuscate or deceive us from RFID brain-interface technology that is essentially the Mark of the Beast.]

        A word to the wise is sufficient: store up water, non-perishable food, batteries, flashlights, and ammo, if that is your thing.

        Pray, get right with your God and Lord, and make sacrifices.

        One last note: animals have been acting very strangely in Yellowstone National Park and their behavior indicates they sense an earthquake. Stay tuned.

        - the Lone Ranger

        “I believe as Max Muller wrote years ago, namely, that truth needs to be repeated as long as there are people who disbelieve it.” – Gandhi

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      • Night Breaker says:

        Wow ,
        This is the best article yet mack it really describes to a tee what is coming .
        It is in front of our eyes hidden in plain sight.

        Semper Fi 8541

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    2. Sgt. Dale says:

      I see this every day. We had a power failure in town the other day and people where running to the police department. Wanting to know How long, What happened, where at, and what are we to do.
      So people couldn’t get into their houses, and wanted us to try to get in.
      I told them to contact Com Ed. No I won’t kick in your door. This is just the power. WHAT THE HELL ARE THEY GOING TO DO WHEN TSHTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Mega targets.
      A.S.M.S.
      Sgt.

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      • Ghostrighter says:

        My neighbors and friends
        Love the walking dead show BUT don’t think it could ever happen.
        Hope I never have to say there goes the neighborhood.

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        • Calgacus says:

          Ghostrighter
          Most people only see the show as its presented and they aint analyzing it or comparing it w/ deeper meaning. Thats what Quinn is trying to get across.

          The Fed govt is a big employer and its just another name for welfare but employees go somewhere to put in time for a paycheck. Same w/ most States and counties.
          Then theres the biz running off the Fed and State govt.

          Cancel out the bloated govt and strip it to the bones. Then the 50 entitlement programs disappear. Someone tell me whats left afterwards.

          Like it or not, anyone plugged in to any part of this American rigged system is a zombie of some sort. Most of us are infected. Many of us are affected. Some call them sheeple. Some say zombies. Its about mass movement, manipulation, unquestioned behaviors and an undefined end.
          Offals, anyone?

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        • the renegade braveheart says:

          Ghostrighter, I’ve already had to say that for the whole city I live in.

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      • posseecom says:

        Sgt Dale

        What we have are “sleeper” zombies ..

        This article was dead on in his descriptions and well stated in my opinion..couldn’t have said it any better.

        My sentiments exactly.

        Kudos Mr Quinn.

        Many of us witness this every day and just shake our heads in amazement..

        possee

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      • PO'd Patriot says:

        Folks, don’t you see how fragile it really is. Thanks Sgt. Dale for your first hand knowledge.

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    3. Socrates says:

      Many of us know of the horrible tribulations around us and multiplying each day. The question is simple. “What are YOU going to do about it?”. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Many are going to fail.

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    4. Jim in Va. says:

      Much of this chaos seems orchestrated and those in charge are managing it. It seems they want us to do each other in saving them the trouble. The elite will be there to pick up the pieces.

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    5. ridiculous says:

      life of the zombie:
      wake up, check your facebook.
      give your kid his ADHD pills. or allergy pills.
      then go to the job you hate.
      work in the cubicle, occasionally reading some MSM.
      drive home in traffic, with everyone else.
      get home, eat some GMO food.
      watch whatever the mainstream tv is showing(dancing with stars etc.).
      then go to sleep. (after you take 3 different pills)
      and repeat.

      Saturdays, wash your car, do yard work.
      sundays, watch football- if not football season, go out to wherever the “crowd” is. (“everyones going here, its gonna be fun”).

      this is what you are supposed to do from age 28-55.

      the white picket fence lifestyle.

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    6. River-Rat says:

      Sorry but my gut tells me to repost:

      With so many matches struck and burning right now, the world is playing spin the FUSE and it will soon stop spinning at which match is anyone’s guess, but it is going to stop and stop very soon. The fuse will start to burn and no way to put it out. I will never be a slave, NEVER, at any cost, my life included. I may die in the first engagement, but some will know all too well that I was there. I will die STANDING A FREE MAN whenever and where ever. I will be proud to water the LIBRTY TREE! I’m still breathing so it is not over yet. Long live the FREE PATROIT!

      NOMI should we give!

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      • Northern Reb says:

        River Rat:
        I have aways like this saying. “GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH”. The only thing I would add is this, NO RETREAT AND NO SURRENDER. Live free my brother.
        S.T.S.F.P. N.R. N.S. N.REB

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      • t-zulu says:

        every time I read your post I feel I find a kindred spirit rock on and keep on keepin on

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    7. wncmountainboy says:

      Addicted to the show. People say “Why do you want to watch a bunch of zombies eating people every week?”
      I tell them the zombies are really just a nuisance, albeit a dangerous one. The real danger is the living. A friend of mine poo-pooed the show until he finally broke down and watched back seasons on Netflix. Now he’s hooked.
      While we still have time, the mrs. and I are going to get out of this cookie-cutter suburban community and find a place farther out with a little land if possible. We moved into this neighborhood so our daughter would have some friends. Never really happened. I won’t let her out of my sight. Now we have a registered sex offender living in the development. Time to get out and return to my upbringing.
      Good article, except for the numerous run-on sentences. Find some commas, man!

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    8. rede2lead says:

      If I had to choose between watching the world gradually go to hell in a hand basket at the behest of crooked politicians and the future plans of TPTB or infected populations of people eating each other…
      I would prefer hordes of zombies and going WROL for awhile/indefinitely.

      At least then nothing will come as a surprise and my options will be made very clear.

      Waiting for people to wake up and take back whats already been taken from us is getting real old… and I’d rather not if that’s all we have to look forward too.

      To each their own I suppose.

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    9. aljamo says:

      Before we become the “walking dead”, let’s all drag the evil bastards and bitches out of their comfy well to do predator lifestyles up in the corporate boardrooms and up on capital hill. Fair is fair. Enough is enough. Stand up American’s, speak up and let the poobahs know we are as mad as hell and our patience is wearing quite thin. This country is all based on lies. Demand the truth. That is our only chance to survive.

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    10. slingshot says:

      With all the Zombie shows there are, when we do have a disaster, we will fall in line with the show’s guide lines. That is how people will think and many will play into it.

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    11. wrong says:

      I’m thinking I dated that chick standing in front of the flag. Maggie Mae was her name. Good memories….

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    12. Sovo says:

      Hidden due to low comment rating. Click to read it.

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      • sixpack says:

        I don’t believe in the rapture, but I’m happy that you do.

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      • Feisty Old Broad says:

        In reference to Pre-Tribulation Rapture, please read KJV Bible Matthew Ch 24, Mark Ch 13, Luke Ch 21 and 2 Thessalonians CH 2.
        These Chapters negate a pre-tribulation rapture, no one who believes in pre-tribulation rapture has cited any reference within the Bible as to when this will occur. Christians who believe in this dangerous interpretation of the Bible may not recognize the Anti-Christ because they believe they will have been raptured Before he appears. They may believe his lies. Then, when they are caught up in the Tribulation, they may lose their Faith in God
        Have Faith, Keep the Faith, Share the Faith
        and Have Sisu
        FOB

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        • JayJay says:

          I asked a Bible scholar once how will I know, my faith being so lacking at times, and he said, when Jesus comes, there will be no hunger. He will fill our baskets.
          Now, that is a hard one to refute.

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      • eppe says:

        Arnold Murray on the false pre tribulation…

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3oI0DMtHi4

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      • mqg25 says:

        Paul in the book of 11 Thess 2, was trying to clear up some confusion from his first letter to the church about the Coming of Christ. He says in verse 2 ” …not to be shaken in mind,or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by LETTER as from us, as that Day of Christ (second advent) is at hand.”(don’t worry about it because something has to happen before that Day of His return)

        Then Paul gives you a dire warning. Verse 3 ” Let NO MAN DECEIVE YOU BY ANY MEANS: for that day (what day would that be? The Day of the Lord) SHALL NOT COME, except there come a falling away first, ( he’s telling you many believers and non-believers will follow the anti-christ)and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.” (the one who had already been judged to death). Verse 4 then tells us that he sets himself up to be God.

        1. If there was a rapture why would Paul even have to warn us of deception? There would be no need to write this warning to Thessalonia because the rapture preachers tell us the church will no longer be here.
        2. Therefore, I reiterate that if there was a rapture Paul would of told us not to worry about the “deception,” because we all would be flying out of here..but he didn’t. That is why Paul tells the CHURCH in Eph 6:13 to put on “the whole armour of God, that ye may able to withstand in the EVIL DAY, (of anti-christ) and having done all to STAND.” Not fly away

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    13. Agent Provocatour says:

      I don’t know…I don’t have cable so I have to wait til it comes out on Netflix…..is it true the novel says that it was GMO food that brought on the disease?

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    14. PO'd Patriot says:

      The Walking Dead….the only time you’ll find me parked in front of the TV. Its just a show. But I love the weapons (Steyer Augs, Colt Pythons, how could you not love the Browning Hi-power….My wife says, “You’re twisted!”. I just wink at her….drives her nuts. Honestly regarding the article I do see the parallel that the author is describing. What we might come up against if everything crumbles could be family against family, neighbor against neighbor, friend against friend. Ones who you think might have your back could cave and cross over to the “other” side and become your foe. Wish I could check my magic eight ball and spout to you some words of wisdom. I’m fresh out in this category cause I haven’t lived it…yet. Thing is, I’m torn between wishing that I’m long gone by then, or still around to settle a score and keep my children trained up and ready. I guess it really ain’t up to me whether I make it to the party or not…. If wishes were horses then beggars would ride. My best, as always. POP.

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      • PO'd Patriot says:

        Boys and girls, while my mind is relatively fresh, don’t forget the .41 magnum. You might have to hand load it if there comes a time (so to speak). S&W model 57, four/six inch barrel. If you hit your adversary with that I can guarantee you they’ll raise up on their toes before they fall flat on their face. One awesome round but not forgotten. Even though it appears that I am fond of the older firearms I still believe in current American craftsmanship in the firearms realm.

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        • PO'd Patriot says:

          LOL, the firearms industry still has less call-backs than the bailed out auto industry. You bet your life on the auto industry, don’t you?

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        • I got one for sale in the local paper right now 6 inch barrel stainless steel. a bunch of brass and a couple of boxes of ammo. Also a HK91. Been cleaning out the garage and finding all kinds of stuff I forgot I had.

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          • 41 mag S&W that is.

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            • PO'd Patriot says:

              Sold my HK 91 a couple of years ago to a fellow down in Georgia. They’re nice guns but heavy. Still got a lot of the aluminum and steel mags for it but they don’t bring much.

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              • Night Breaker says:

                PO ,
                They are as heavy as hell but über reliable, I have the PTR91 version it is as accurate as my M1A, It’s a good weapon for SHTF with the exception of weight. Ever practise dry firing your S & W ( make sure it is unloaded! ) at the zombies while watching the walking dead ? Great for building up the fingers and hand for double action shooting with rapid sight alignment.

                Semper Fi 8541

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      • Kulafarmer says:

        I never seen walking dead but we like The Black List,,,
        My sweety cant live without the tv on,, sort of annoying but i guess im annoying too always poking at my phone reading news etc,,
        I will actually be stoked when the power is dead and phones dont ring,
        Miss life when life was much simpler!

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    15. laeagle says:

      We have a large community of homeless here. Sometimes I walk pass them as they gather for free food being distributed by a local church. It occurred to me one day that they looked like zombies. But for the grace of God there go I. I can imagagine this being multiplied many fold in a SHTF situation. I am sure I looked like that when I left New Orleans a week after Katrina hit. Folks, fiction is not that far from the truth! But, we will need to resist the temptation to treat others as sub-humans, for in doing so, we become sub-human and get bitten and become zombies ourselves.

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      • JayJay says:

        You moved from one coast suffering a tsunami to another coast?? :-(

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        • laeagle says:

          JayJay, I am still here. We call southern Louisiana the Great Acadian Redoubt (little known secret). It will be a great place to be when SHTF and TEOTWAWKI occurs! The homeless have discovered New Orleans but it is still a great place to call home!

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    16. Satori says:

      Solar peril: Could a giant sunburst unplug the Earth?

      http://jacksonville.com/news/2014-04-06/story/solar-peril-could-giant-sunburst-unplug-earth#ixzz2yDnMmAsV

      article contains a few things I had not heard of before

      “Nor could we know whether the Carrington event was as bad as sunstorms get. Melott, in a 2012 paper, proposed that material from a solar megaflare 10 times the strength of the Carrington kind bombarded this planet around the year 775. There just weren’t wires to get blown out. There were cedar trees, however, that absorbed a heavy dose of something from outer space.

      Japanese scientists discovered a baffling spike in carbon-14 deposits within tree rings dating to the eighth century. In a study published in the Journal Nature, they floated the possibility of a supernova causing the deposits because a burst so powerful from the sun had never been recorded.

      But Melott, along with Washburn University professor Brian Thomas and others, countered the Japanese findings with their own published study. It challenged the notion that the Carrington event was the all-time mother of sun flares emanating to Earth.

      Carrington “was a biggie,” Melott said, but maybe not the biggest. Beware the “Charlemagne event,” Melott’s nod to the eighth-century warrior and king.”

      move over Carrington !

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    17. maddog says:

      “This Fourth Turning has yet to reach its bloody, violent, chaotic zenith. The popularity of shows like the Walking Dead is a sign of the darkening mood change in this country.”

      The mood in the country is 180″ of 8 years ago. People seem to be just surviving and going through the motions. As I’ve posted in the past I believe TEOTWAWKI has already taken place in America. Shows like the walking dead my be there to desensitize us in order to deal with the evils shortly to come to our lives as we slowly but surely delve into the chaos our degenerate society is taking us.

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      • jerrytbg says:

        Wow… profound observation…

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      • bigben says:

        @maddog, I can’t believe sane people would watch shows like that. But, what I believe doesn’t mean anything to anyone but myself. I do believe in prepping for the future. Have still got a long way to go. I got hooked on these dumb prepper sites and no longer watch tv. Don’t know which is worst, but I prefer the prepper sites.
        prep for your and yours future.

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      • If you only take away the psychological effect of the human horror of the show, then you’ve gained a look into the debilitating aspect of the worst of man and what any of us could experience in the worst of times.

        The show (zombies) should not be taken literal, but as a symbolic representation of people who would prefer to live off the sweat and blood of those who would survive.

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    18. Although the threat of nuclear war dissipated at the so called end of the cold war the world only became a more dangerous place.

      We now have so many agencies monitoring every aspect of our lives that it’s difficult for the average person to even understand all the laws that are now designed to work against US.

      The Bigger is better mind set is dehumanizing, our rule ridden society is made only to crush our spirit.

      I believe we’re now more at odds with each other on a national level then we were with the old USSR. War, whether civil or revolutionary is already being fought, only the shot that rings true for a large enough majority will move us to action.

      When I talk about zombies all that know me fully understand who I’m referring to.

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    19. Fried Chicken says:

      If black is beautiful I just shit a masterpiece!

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    20. guerrilla says:

      When Rome fell the dark ages lasted 500 to 600 years, it was called the dark ages the to the loss of the knowledge the roman empire had. The US is the modern Rome & our fall will bring the next dark ages.

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    21. Sierra Dave says:

      I dropped Dish when my Dad passed. IMHO, there’s nothing produced without some Hollywood liberalism thrown in. I don’t miss 99% of it.

      I haven’t seen the show and don’t plan on it. I read some reviews and they ripped it for it’s lack of common sense, Bug Out Bags, and other stuff. Besides, finding a good community to settle in is bad for the show. Hence the constant chaos and betrayals.

      I grew up watching shows where they failed to escape or find home or just end up with things being the same. I fear that it’s hindered me in being more successful.

      I spend more time watching Youtubes by average folk. Vids on self sufficiency and what not. I’m happier too.

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    22. 21Bravo says:

      Is there any diffence between zer0′s supporters and the Walking Dead’s Zombies….??? No…. Neither contribute anything to society….. except they (zer0′s supporters & the Dem’s)seek to destroy those who are successful (Walking Dead survivors)by destroying jobs, our military, banking system, US Dollar, US heritage, Christianity, US Constitution, Privacy Freedoms, Gun Rights etc…

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    23. WOW…you are a great writer – thank-you for a terrific article

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    24. GDawg says:

      WE, are the walking dead. Semper Fi. III

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    25. Lurker says:

      The aerial picture of the house scares the hell out of me…
      Houses so close together that one could lean out a window and borrow a cup of sugar from the neighbor next door… But what happens when no-one has any food left because none of those houses have enough space to plant enough food.

      When it goes bang, human flesh will be about the only source of protein for miles around!!!

      They are already all zombies, they just have become cannibals yet!

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      • sixpack says:

        “But what happens when no-one has any food left because none of those houses have enough space to plant enough food.”

        You can believe that is exactly why they were designed that way…it’s called “TPTB forward-looking”.

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    26. BlackDog says:

      ” Americans flock to malls across our apocalyptic suburban sprawl landscape and proceed to stampede, gouge, and punch their way to a fantastic bargain on a Chinese slave labor produced microwave they must have to cook their toxic frankenfood created by one of our corporate food conglomerates.”

      Where the hell do YOU shop, Pal? We don’t like the circumstances any more than you do, but it is what it is, what we’ve allowed to be created in our midst. I suppose you shop at the Mom & Pop stores and willingly pay 20, 30, 40% more for the same exact stuff, because you’re such a nice guy and prep-oriented.

      Way too easy to sit back and pen a rant about how terrible it is, how screwed we are. How about some solutions, or at least some suggestions?

      “The decisions we make in the next decade…” What decisions? The Vote is fixed, the stock market is fixed, our national politics are irrevocably broken. WE don’t get to make any decisions! We just get to pay for it.

      Here’s a suggestion — since our political system is broken, finalists for the job of POTUS should be decided by a 3-hour mud-wrestling bout, with hungry lions lounging on the edges of the ring, sort of Gladiator-esque. Winner gets 4 years in DC, loser gets 4 seconds before the lions finish him/her/transgender off. All by itself, this requirement would instill a sense of conviction in the front-runners, strong character and a focus on dispatching lions, instead of golfing on my dime for most of their Presidency.

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    27. ZombieDawg says:

      …this is why my handle is ZombieDawg and has been for years.
      Even a DOG could see the descending zombie plague…LOL…

      P.S. Next major crash will be Hong Kong. Ain’t gunna be pretty, but are they ever ?

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    28. Northern Reb says:

      My wife won’t watch the show she doesnot like those walkers. I tell her it is not about the walkers as much as it is about SURVIVAL.

      There are so many brain dead people just walking around looking for handouts from the government that when the SHTF, We will see thing that are really unbelievable. We can not even fathom right now.

      The entitlement crowd are so brained washed that they deserve everything hand to them that they will be the first to become the zombies that starts roaming the streets.
      Trying to devour anything that is not locked up and protected in one way or another. That will be in the first few days

      Then you will get the mopes they are not quite zombies yet, they have not been turned, but they were bitten. They see easy pickins and join in on the free flow of goodies.
      That when the looting starts.
      This will happen in the first week.

      Then you come to the survivers that have prepaired for the SHTF that we all know that is coming.
      We have tried to get ready for years and we know that we are going to have to make a MAJOR ADJUSTMENT TO OUR LIFES.
      A lot of changes that will have to be made in our lifes.
      We are going to have to defend what is ours and that means doing something that we DO NOT WANT TO DO, but if you don’t You and yours are DEAD.
      Please don’t think your Bambo and you can whip the biggest meanest M.F. that walks or talks, because you can’t.
      You need support and a group of like minded people to depend on to survive.
      This should already started along time ago.

      Then you graduate to marauders. Which kill not only the zombies,mopes but also YOU AND YOURS and take anything and everything. This is the worst group out there to deal with.
      DO NOT HESITAT!!!!DROP THE HAMMER!!!! you will not get a second chance.

      The zombies you should be able to out think them, but if you are over run DO NOT HESITATE!!!!!!

      The mopes you should be able to out menuver them, but if you are over run DO NOT HESITATE!!!!

      We have worked to long and hard to get ready. The signs have been out there for years and if they are not willing to read the signs that the SHTF was coming that is no longer our problem it is theirs.
      Will I help people you betcha, but if anyone tries to take my groups stuff all I can say is.
      THEY ARE SCREWING WITH THE WRONG BUNCH OF PEOPLE!!!!!!!
      Sound familiar to anyone.

      I watch the walking dead and it not for the Walkers, but for the survivers and how they handle the problems that come their way.
      Will I be able to handle this change, I DON’T KNOW. I hope I can be like Rick and be a good father and grandfather and help as many people as I can.

      S.T.S.F.P. N.R.NS. N.REB

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    29. watching and waiting says:

      I believe we will see a total collapse of all those things we hold dear. All forms of recreation,business,leisure and such.

      Many Americans are sleeping walking into disaster, it seems.
      That is where the panic will set in and the grocery stores will be emptied.

      Only when the human race is close to extinction, that they will call out for a deliverer,someone to to take charge and restore order.

      More than we can bear.

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    30. CrabbeNebulae says:

      There’s not too much difference between the zombies who look like smashed pizzas that walk around and eat people in the movie “Walking Dead”, and the zombies that sit in front of their TV eating pizzas that look like dead zombies and watch the zombies in the movie “Walking Dead” walk around and eat people that look like a pizza that has been stepped on. Damn… I thought I’d never get that one out!!

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    31. Tomahawk says:

      I watch the show to observe the galling strategic mistakes the main characters make.

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    32. Estrella says:

      As a hobby, I work as a first responder in a small rural community. My previous life did not prepare me for what I would see in that vocation. I have been trying to describe to my friends what I am seeing, but they cannot understand. In truth, there is a very large segment of the American population who are already zombies. They are not aggressive or violent, yet. They have limited ability to think and act, they are driven by the legal and illegal drugs that they consume. They are, for want of a better term, wards of the State. And they know it. At the moment we are safe when we enter their “homes” to “load and go” (mostly). But, I can sense, that it would not take much for them to turn on us. And we are the good guys, the guys they like, the ones they don’t like, they stand in the yard, or on the road.

      There is a large population in the petri dish, just waiting…

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      • Sierra Dave says:

        The people you cater to. They get to keep living this lifestyle because the safety net that government is.

        In a real society where you have to be self providing. They would stop using the drugs or starve. Very unlikely to keep the drugs AND still self provide.

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        • Smokey says:

          They will never stop using the drugs. They will barter your goods and possessions for more drugs. Food is secondary where drugs are concerned, but they will get enough food from others to continue their drug habit.

          They do not care if you live or die, as long as they can get drugs. If your neighborhood is defended, they will move to another area and get easier pickings there. They’ll come back later when they get desperate enough.

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      • JayJay says:

        Estrella, when the real SHTF hits, you will not be on those calls.
        You will be home with your loved ones..just like us.

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    33. I'm Floridian, You're Not says:

      Hidden due to low comment rating. Click to read it.

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    34. eppe says:

      To all here on SHTFplan, if you are using Microsoft XP operating system, tomorrow is the last day of updates and supports. I myself think that XP is the best that MS ever put out, but now we have Windows 7 & 8, which seems to be crap, IMHO. Please be careful, since many ‘intrusions’ can and will happen to this OS system. At this moment I am trying to recover my wife’s laptop, running Windows 7, and it is a pile of dung, in terms of restoring the system. Just a word of caution, things will happen, safeguard yourself as best as possible…

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      • the renegade braveheart says:

        Eppe, I’ve been on 7 since 2009 and had my share of troubles, but still manage. I almost changed to 8 last year but saw it as being worse so I’m on 7 for as long as possible.

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        • eppe says:

          Amen bro, about ready to go LINUX, just a learning curve to transfer…
          But this laptop is whipping my butt…

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          • Sierra Dave says:

            Linux Mint is a good choice for a new Linux user. It comes with all the extras so you can play MP3′s and what not.

            VLC media player is cross platform AND plays all formats. Make sure to add that.

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          • sixpack says:

            Eppe, just do what I do—look it directly in the monitor and say “Remember, I STILL CONTROL THE POWER PLUG”.

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      • JayJay says:

        I have no problem with Windows 7–I like it because if there is any twerky thingy going on(can you tell I have no idea what I am saying?)with it, I just restart and problem solved.
        No phoning IP or technicians–just restart.

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    35. River-Rat says:

      A line from Steppenwolf’s song—The Pusher

      You know, I’ve seen a lot of people walkin’ ’round
      With tombstones in their eyes

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    36. TheGuy says:

      Just a comical aside:

      My only gripe with the Walking Dead is the fact that the zombies do not simply expire over time like they did in 28 Days Later.

      So… where are they getting all these calories from? They have to have some source of energy to keep on walking. I don’t see them eating each other. And there’s very few “normals” around for ALL of them to snack on…

      Therefore they are… what… solar powered or something?

      Zero point energy zombies… hehehee…

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    37. Anonymous says:

      Didn’t get past this author’s first paragraph.

      Subjecting oneself to gore, horror, and other assortments of shocking images has one effect and one effect only: numbing the senses into callous disregard for other humans and for human suffering.

      It’s a first step toward atheism and dehumanizing human beings created by God.

      Sure, it’s luring to watch — because it’s titillating.

      But the overriding problem is that it’s profoundly unhealthy even for well adjusted, mature adults. It HAS an effect on the brain, whether you recognize it or not. And usually, the effect is not recognized until it’s too late.

      Why do you think combat soldiers return home changed forever? Why do you think most soldiers who have seen hard combat don’t talk about it? Why do you think convicted murderers are uniformly diagnosed as psychotic? Why do you think children who torture animals grow up to be abusive, if not far more dangerous to others than just abusive?

      Those glazed-over eyes of people who have seen things they shouldn’t have seen are indications.

      Viewing violence changes the brain. Period.

      If you want to keep your sanity and your sense of morality, be careful what you look at.

      Or, be part of the herd. And that’s precisely what you will become — an animal.

      Go ahead. Thumb me down into disappearance from the comments. What actually will be disappearing will be your soul.

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      • Japheaux says:

        A couple years ago I can across an accident on an interstate highway. The vehicle was upside down and three people had been ejected and two (remains of two) were still in the vehicle. Tip-toeing through broken pieces of skull and brains on the highway, I went in and wasn’t shocked at the carnage…and all I could think about was that I let myself get desensitized by Hollywood over the years.

        Your point is a valid one. Now I tend to watch more movies like Second Hand Lions and less of Terminator.

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    38. 10mm says:

      We are a zombie nation from within. Sold out and loaded up on big pharma.

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    39. So refreshing to see a comment section that isn’t filled with left vs. right arguments or creationism vs. evolution arguments.

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    40. Japheaux says:

      I don’t think I have ever read an article that infused my psyche to the effect this one did. I have run many 26-mile marathons in my life and those experiences are a microcosm into the reality of life right now. I am standing on life’s starting line and right now is as good as I am going to feel for a LONG time. And while I make small talk to all those around me nervously anticipating the coming ordeal, we all have to take those steps alone. No one is going to–nor can they–take any one step for you. Many will struggle out of the gate and many will fall out of the race, and all will feel the aches and pains eventually. However, many who focus will persevere and get to the finish line knowing the race was more a journey and not just a run to the tape. This coming maelstrom, just like the marathon, is going to take mind, body, and soul to successfully complete. Don’t neglect any one third of those factors.

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    41. yeah , but killing zombies is cool.

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    42. Rick in FL says:

      When the SHTF we will be in a post WW1 Germany, not Zombieland.

      I would look to real life events in prepping for the future, not Hollywood.

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    43. Anonymous says:

      Nice to see you out and about Quinn. Looking forward to listening to you again.

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    44. Stormy says:

      The real “walking dead” are the mindless fan boys who watch this nihilistic drivel. Hollywood loves showing people at their worst, creating antiheros instead of heroes (see Fox Mulder), turning their lead characters into monsters.

      It’s a culture of death this country has become, regardless of left and right. Otherwise, why the left’s obsession with self and the right’s with guns -?

      I watched the first two and a half seasons and was disgusted. No originality or imagination. Real life is far more interesting. I was there for the L.A. riots. To know real fire is different than “imagining” what people will be like “when the crap hits the fan.”

      Apocalyptic TV is for the masses. Mass consumption. Zombies mindlessly feeding. What do you think all that advertising is for? You just can’t stop CONSUMING. Just like the “living dead …”

      And think about how stupid this conceit is (sorry, George Romero). No zombie would need to feed. They would have no use for food. But in Hollywood, they dine on cliché. And you all swallow it whole ….

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    45. Serena says:

      This article pretty much encapsulates everything I hate about the prepper movement. I prep because I think its common sense to have food and extra supplies just in case. I’m strongly pro-2nd amendment for personal and political reasons so naturally I own guns. But when I mingle in the prepper community I find more and more crap this. “Consumerism is evil and destroying our society! Buy all our survival gear so you can survive the collapse!” Keeping an eye on potential threats and preparing for them is wise, constant doom mongering is foolish- and old. And its getting tiresome. Plus the smugness radiating from some preppers is unbelievable. You would think they were a separate genius race of people because they bought freeze-dried food. “I’M going to survive the coming apocalyse because I’m so smart and well prepared. All those fat dumb members of the public are just going to be target practice.” The author is right about the essentials of close communities and families for survival, but its kinda undermined by the arrogance toward the common folk. How appropriate he uses The Walking Dead to illustrate his points. It was a good idea and very cool when executed but has long since jumped the shark much like the prepper movement in general.

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