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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Authorizes National Guard To Carry Weapons On Duty

I try to spend as much time as I can at my family’s place in Wisconsin. And it’s my opinion that these days, Illinois could learn a thing or two from its neighbor to the north, particularly as it concerns combatting terrorists- both foreign and domestic. From a press release issued today from Wisconsin’s Office of the Governor:

Madison – Governor Scott Walker today issued Executive Order #168 allowing Wisconsin National Guard members to carry weapons while on duty.

“Safety must be our top priority, especially in light of the horrific attack in Chattanooga,” Governor Walker said. “Allowing our National Guard members to carry weapons while on duty gives them the tools they need to serve and protect our citizens, as well as themselves. I am also directing Adjutant General Donald Dunbar to evaluate longer-term plans to ensure the safety of our service members.”

A copy of Governor Walker’s Executive Order is attached.

I’ve read similar directives have been issued in Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas.

As for Illinois?

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 Military, Public Safety, Terrorism 2 Comments

Gallup Poll: Half In Illinois Want To Move Elsewhere

Last week, the Gallup website had this to report about Illinois:

Illinois has the unfortunate distinction of being the state with the highest percentage of residents who say it is the worst possible place to live. One in four Illinois residents (25%) say the state is the worst place to live…

It doesn’t get any better for the “Land of Lincoln” this week. Lydia Saad wrote yesterday:

Every state has at least some residents who are looking for greener pastures, but nowhere is the desire to move more prevalent than in Illinois and Connecticut. In both of these states, about half of residents say that if given the chance to move to a different state, they would like to do so…

50 percent of Illinois respondents said they would leave the state if given the opportunity, according to Gallup.

Saad also added:

Nevada, Illinois, Maryland, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, and Connecticut all appear particularly vulnerable to losing population in the coming few years: high percentages of their residents say they would leave if they could, and larger-than-average percentages say they are at least somewhat likely to do so in the coming year…

19 percent of Illinois respondents indicated they were planning to move out of the state within 12 months, according to Gallup.

Mind you, this particular poll was conducted from June through December 2013- early on in that brutal winter Illinois just had.

How many more residents since then are ready to throw in the towel?

So not only have Illinoisans been moving out of the state in droves already, but even more are making plans to do so down the road.

Sad. Just sad. But understandable considering the direction the state’s been going in.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Source:

Saad, Lydia. “Half in Illinois and Connecticut Want to Move Elsewhere.” Gallup.com. 30 Apr. 2014. (http://www.gallup.com/poll/168770/half-illinois-connecticut-move-elsewhere.aspx). 1 May 2014.

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H1N1 ‘Swine’ Flu ‘Rapidly Spreading’ Throughout Chicago Area, South-Central U.S.

This weekend, I heard the H1N1 “swine” flu is back. In a big way.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with H1N1, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website Flu.gov:

H1N1 is a flu virus. When it was first detected in 2009, it was called “swine flu” because the virus was similar to those found in pigs.

The H1N1 virus is currently a seasonal flu virus found in humans.

Okay, let’s dive in. I heard H1N1 mentioned for the first time this winter in the Chicago-area news the other day. From the website of Chicago CBS affiliate Channel 2 on Friday:

A strain of the swine flu is rapidly spreading throughout the Chicago area.

More than 20 of the H1N1 cases have been detected at Loyola University Medical Center in recent days, including five on Christmas Eve.

Now, CBS 2 has learned, another 41 cases have turned up at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Doctors say there have been eight cases in just the week before Christmas…

But it’s not just the Chicagoland area that’s experiencing a jump in H1N1 cases. From the health website WebMD last Thursday:

This year’s flu season may be off to a slow start nationwide, but infection rates are spiking in the south-central United States, where five deaths have already been reported in Texas.

And the predominant strain of flu so far has been H1N1 “swine” flu, which triggered the pandemic flu in 2009, federal health officials said Thursday.

“That may change, but right now most of the flu is H1N1,” said Dr. Michael Young, a medical officer with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s influenza division. “It’s the same H1N1 we have been seeing the past couple of years and that we really started to see in 2009 during the pandemic.”

States reporting increasing levels of flu activity include Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, he said…

Here’s something interesting that you may not know about H1N1. From the WebMD piece:

Young noted that H1N1 flu is different from other types of flu because it tends to strike younger adults harder than older adults…

“This year, because it’s an H1N1 season so far, we are seeing more infections in younger adults,” Young said…

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has the following posted on their website regarding seasonal influenza:

Flu activity is increasing nationally and is high in some states. Additional increases are expected in the coming weeks. If you have not gotten your flu vaccination yet this season, you should get one now.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Sources:

“H1N1 Presence Grows In Chicago.” Channel 2. 27 Dec. 2013. (http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2013/12/27/h1n1-presence-grows-in-chicago/). 29 Dec. 2013.

Reinberg, Steven. “H1N1 Flu Spreading in South-Central U.S.” HealthDay. 26 Dec. 2013. (http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/news/20131226/h1n1-flu-spreading-in-south-central-us). 29 Dec. 2013.

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Sunday, December 29th, 2013 Health, Medicine Comments Off on H1N1 ‘Swine’ Flu ‘Rapidly Spreading’ Throughout Chicago Area, South-Central U.S.

‘Widespread Looting’ Reported In New Orleans During Hurricane Isaac

Here in Chicago, I only heard about minimal looting during Hurricane Isaac from the various mainstream news outlets. Michael Kunzelman and Stacey Plaisance reported on the Yahoo! News site back on August 29:

Meanwhile in New Orleans, Mayor Mitch Landrieu issued a curfew in part to make it easier for utility crews to restore electricity. Officials also warned they would make arrests for looting. So far, there had been only sporadic arrests.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

That was it. After hearing what Christian Broadcast Network News Reporter Chuck Holton had to say in that segment on preppers about the aftermath of the June 29 “super derecho” (I believe that’s the incident he was referring to):

There was looting taking place in the town where I live within 12 hours of the power going out.

I was reminded about the looting situation during Isaac and became curious about the extent to which the criminal activity took place.

After plugging in “hurricane isaac looting” into Google and viewing the search results, I realized the looting went beyond “only sporadic arrests.” Get a load of these “hits”:

“Hurricane Isaac looters hit boats south of Slidell, sheriff says”

-August 28, NOLA.com (The Times-Picayune)

“JPSO arrests alleged Hurricane Isaac looters in Old Jefferson…”

-August 29, NOLA.com

“New Orleans police report widespread looting during Hurricane…”

-September 4, 2012, NOLA.com

“Deputies charge St. Bernard man in Isaac looting case”

-September 10, WWLTV.com

“Hurricane Isaac Looting Victims Come Forward – WGNO”

-September 26, ABC26.com

Going back to that “New Orleans police report widespread looting during Hurricane…” bit, Naomi Martin wrote on The Times-Picayune (Greater New Orleans) website on September 4:

While dozens of looters and armed robbers took to the streets of New Orleans during Hurricane Isaac, police reported no killings and virtually no gunfire, resulting in one of the least violent weeks in a city notorious for its sky-high murder rate…

Even with the beefed-up patrols, the widespread lack of electricity seemed to embolden opportunistic criminals. At least 12 armed robberies and three carjackings were reported. Officials anticipate hundreds of residential and business burglaries will be reported when all the records are compiled…

All told, police arrested 41 people for looting, Serpas said. Most of them targeted convenience stores, stealing food, alcohol and cigarettes.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

Alcohol. Cigarettes. Reminds me of an infamous scene from the late 60s-70s television series All In The Family when “Archie Bunker” was talking to his son-in-law in a power failure about the last blackout and subsequent looting:

MIKE: Arch, poor people steal, hungry people steal!
ARCHIE: Oh yeah? That’s why in that July blackout there they drove fifty cars out of the showrooms on account of they had a craving to eat a Pontiac.

Those were the days…

Sources:

Kunzelman, Michael, and Plaisance, Stacey. “Officials may breach levee as Isaac storms inland.” Associated Press. 29 Aug. 2012. (http://news.yahoo.com/officials-may-breach-levee-isaac-storms-inland-182924245.html). 19 Sep. 2012.

Martin, Naomi. “New Orleans police report widespread looting during Hurricane Isaac, but little violence.” The Times-Picayune. 4 Sept. 2012. (http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2012/09/new_orleans_police_report_wide.html ). 19 Sep. 2012.

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When Mandatory Evacuations Are Enforced

From the CBS News website this past Monday:

Wildfires force more evacuations as officials say looters targeting victims

Crews in northern Colorado faced powerful winds Sunday as they battled a blaze that has scorched 87 square miles of mountainous forest land and destroyed at least 181 homes, the most in state history. Meanwhile, local authorities are focusing on another concern — looting.

Looting. When I see this word, I think L.A. Riots, 1992. New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, 2005.

But this report out of Colorado makes it twice this year I’ve come across looting-related stories here in the United States. I wrote back on March 6:

I’d heard the rumors- looters are popping up in Indiana and Kentucky, taking advantage of the damage and chaos caused by recent severe weather in parts of the Midwest. And then I came across this excerpt from an article that appeared on MSNBC.com last night:

In hard-hit areas, National Guard troops manned checkpoints on roads and outside towns, and were inspecting identity documents of those seeking to enter damaged areas in Indiana and Kentucky following reports of looting.

According to law enforcement officials, looting did happen in Indiana and Kentucky, with the looters coming from as far away as Ohio.

Disgusting.

I know what some of you might be thinking…

Death to all looters.

Oh, that’s not it? Perhaps it’s…

Mandatory evacuation or not, there’s no way I’ll ever leave my home to the mercy of looters.

The thing is, “mandatory evacuation” means just that sometimes.

In the days following Hurricane Katrina’s landfall, the following appeared on the CNN website on September 7, 2005:

New Orleans’ mayor ordered law enforcement agencies Tuesday night to remove everyone from the city who is not involved in cleaning up after Hurricane Katrina, whether they want to go or not.

Mayor Ray Nagin instructed all public safety officers “to compel the evacuation of all persons … regardless of whether such persons are on private property or do not desire to leave,” according to a written statement from his office…

Many residents have refused to leave New Orleans despite a mandatory evacuation and warnings from government officials that staying in the flooded city represents a health risk…

“These citizens will have to be removed for their own good,” Police Superintendent Eddie Compass told CNN.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)


“Woman uses gun on police to stop evacuation from home”
YouTube Video

The reality is, mandatory evacuations can become “forced evacuations,” especially in the aftermath of some disaster. I emphasize the word “can,” as you may recall New York City ordered a mandatory evacuation for some residents in advance of Hurricane Irene last August, but forced evacuations never came into play.

It’s only a matter of time before the next mandatory evacuation is announced somewhere in the United States. And one of these days, it could get so bad that the authorities feel compelled to enforce it again. Having your own evacuation plan in place, with a location of your choosing outside the probable evacuation area, is probably a good idea. Those with bug-out plans/bug-out locations (BOLs) are already in good shape.

Sources:

“Wildfires force more evacuations as officials say looters targeting victims.” CBS News. 18 June 2012. (http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57454964/wildfires-force-more-evacuations-as-officials-say-looters-targeting-victims/). 22 June 2012.

“New Orleans will force evacuations.” CNN. 7 Sep. 2005. (http://articles.cnn.com/2005-09-06/us/katrina.impact_1_force-evacuations-mayor-ray-nagin-new-orleans/2?_s=PM:US) 22 June 2012.

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On TV: Doomsday Bunkers, Episode 3

It’s Wednesday, but no new episode of the Discovery Channel TV series Doomsday Bunkers will be airing tonight (second straight week).

FYI, I sent a little note out to corporate (Discovery Communications, LLC) regarding future episodes and upcoming air dates. We’ll see what they say. Of course, I’ll let Survival And Prosperity readers know if I hear anything back that’s worthwhile.

In the meantime, I still owe you my review of episode 3 of Doomsday Bunkers, “Tsunami Pod/Nuclear Fallout Shelter.”

At the beginning of the episode, which aired on March 21, Deep Earth Bunker was shown to be inundated with work. Floor Manager Jesse Saul was trying to deal with the significant backlog of shelters that customers- many of them preppers- had ordered and were waiting upon. It was revealed that springtime is particularly busy for DEB, when severe weather routinely makes the headlines. From the show:

In 2011, extreme weather accounted for $130 billion in damages with hundreds of thousands dead.

In addition, there was this:

And the most extreme preppers suspect the government is behind it.

Say what? Deep Earth Bunker owner Scott Bales explained:

Up in Alaska, there’s this thing called HAARP. HAARP stands for High Frequency Active Auroral Research Project. It’s for shooting high frequency through antennas up into the ionosphere, and bouncing it back down. Originally built to talk to submarines deep in the water. A lot of my clients think the government is using it to control the weather.

I’ll have to take a closer look at that claim. In the meantime, more information about HAARP can be found at the project’s website here.

Loretta Sanders

The first client viewers met in episode 4 was Loretta Sanders, a prepper and former police sergeant. Sanders has a nuclear power plant 15 miles south of her home. According to the show, Indian Point Nuclear Plant, just outside New York City, is one of the most vulnerable reactors in the country. She explained:

This is ground zero. When they built it I guess they didn’t realize it’s 1 mile south of a connecting fault line. If there’s an earthquake and it starts to melt it’s going to be mayhem. The meltdown will take out this entire area. Most people will panic in evacuation. With 4 to 7 days the Joe Six-Packs of the world, without food or water, will break down your door, trying to find food. They’ll start to scavenge and we’ll revert back to hunting and being hunted.

The show revealed:

She’s prepared to do whatever it takes to protect her son Teddy, her daughter Marissa, and her growing stockpile.

Sanders added:

I’m prepping to live indefinitely. If the world changes permanently, I’m ready for that… I want to be able to get underground so I want Scott to protect me.

Scott Bales worked with Loretta to get her an underground bunker. He explained:

If an earthquake does happen, there’s going to be fallout- big time.

Bales pointed out that the former police officer’s shelter needed a nuclear/biological/chemical, or NBC, filter to prevent nuclear fallout from entering her bunker. According to Bales, the radioactive fallout will get hung up in the NBC filter.

He informed Loretta that it would take 4 weeks to complete her bunker. In the meantime, DEB would try to get permits to allow the transportation of heavy equipment/loads on roads near the installation site during the winter.

Envisioning the shelter’s design, Scott said:

If there’s a nuclear disaster, Loretta might have to go in this bunker for up to a year. So I have to make sure there’s enough space for her food and water supplies.

From the show:

Scott’s designing her a 2-unit, 600 square foot bunker. With sleeping quarters for 10, ample storage for her growing supplies, 2 500 gallon tanks- 1 for drinking water, 1 for waste. A full bathroom and kitchen. And most importantly, a state-of-the-art NBC filter to protect her from any fallout. Time frame, 4 weeks. Total cost, $150,000.

DEB staff went to work on the project, and Loretta Sanders was shown preparing for her new underground dwelling. From the episode:

A nuclear meltdown at Indian Point could contaminate over 1,100 square miles around the plant. So Loretta’s decided to buy land to install her bunker 3 hours north. But to get there, they might have to drive through looting, rioting, or worse. To survive, Loretta wants to learn how to turn her car into a weapon.

Enter Joe Autera, President, CEO, and Defensive Driving Instructor, Tony Scotti’s Vehicle Dynamics Institute (VDI). According to the show:

As the prepper movement has grown, defensive driving schools like this one have seen an unprecedented number of civilians taking their courses.

Loretta received defensive driving instruction, and is subsequently shown plowing through a mock roadblock consisting of two vehicles parked end-to-end. Loved it.

The prepper, mother, and former LEO shared this with viewers:

This is why I prep. The government is not my first line of defense, I am. And as a citizen, that’s my right.

Unfortunately, Loretta doesn’t get her new bunker on time. Renee Bales, Scott’s wife and head of Accounting, informed DEB’s owner that the permits were denied because of “freeze laws,” with the trailer and bunker deemed to be too heavy. Scott is shown breaking the bad news to Loretta, which meant delivery of her steel shelter would be delayed 3 to 4 weeks until the roads thawed out. All in all, she seemed pretty cool with that.

Tsunami Pod

Another episode, another new project. Scott Bales told viewers in episode 3:

Last night, I came up with a great idea. Something to protect people from a tsunami wave. This is the ultimate product for a prepper. All of the people that live on the coasts have this fear. They’re wondering, “When is that wave going to come in and get us?” There’s nothing to protect you against a tsunami. Nothing. Except for our tsunami pod.

From the show:

Scott’s designed a floating steel orb, 10 feet in diameter, with room for 2 people. When the tsunami waves hit, the airtight ball would be lifted off a special stand, and kept upright through a concrete weight called a ballast.

The owner of DEB added:

Because you have ballast in there, it brings it to where they’re sitting right back up… This thing has to be waterproof, it has to be able to take impact, it also has to sit up straight so the passengers are sitting in an upwards position.

Scott assigned Scotty Free, Special Projects Manager, and Charlie Christie, Quality Assurance/Carpenter, to the project. It’s revealed that DEB budgeted $80,000 in parts and labor for the development of the Tsunami Pod, making it the most expensive prototype in the Dallas-based company’s history.

Before the project commenced, Scott Bales noted:

Scott Free is an older guy. Set in his ways. Precise. Charlie. Young. Moves very quickly. Adapts quickly. Charlie’s a builder, and Scott’s a fabricator. They’ll bump heads, but, with both of them together, they can figure out the tsunami pod.

Not without hiccups, Scotty and Charlie pieced together the Tsunami Pod prototype. They then pounded the pod’s steel exterior with a debris shooter, which is capable of shooting a 14-foot 2 X 4 more than 600 mph. Amazingly, the thing survived.

Next, Scotty and Charlie tested the prototype out in a parking lot. They discovered the pod’s ballast, which consists of 150 lbs. of concrete, needed adjusting.

The final test of the Tsunami Pod took place at a lake, where DEB staff could test the ballast once again and see if the prototype was watertight. Scott Bales explained:

When you do something in a ball shape, the water spreads itself out until it hits a resistance point just under the equator. You’d never want the water to go over the equator. If we added too much weight or this thing leaks, it’s going to sink to the bottom of the lake.

Upon dropping the steel structure into the body of water, it’s discovered that while it was watertight, the pod floated on its side. Apparently, Scotty and Charlie didn’t compensate for the weight of the door. Despite this oversight, the tests of the Tsunami Pod were declared successful. Scott Bales remarked:

I feel great that the Tsunami Pod is floating, and I just have to adjust some ballast. But this test is a success.

Weyland Smith

The second client viewers were introduced to was Weyland Smith, a Deep Earth Bunker salesman and prepper who resides in Homer, Louisiana. Weyland recently became a prepper while working with DEB. He explained:

One of my bunker clients had some basic ideas I’d never really had put in front of me before. Go to your local grocery store late at night- half the food aisles are empty. If something broke our supply chain, I know the store shelves would be empty in 3 days. My biggest fear is the drastic change we’ve seen in the weather. We all need to be better prepared. If I need something, it’s not going to always be at the corner store to pick up.

Being from Louisiana, Weyland has first-hand experience with what the aftermath of a disaster looks like. He called the refugees from Hurricane Katrina:

We really saw the level of unpreparedness that these people had. And to wade through the devastation afterwards. It really opened your eyes.

He added:

I’m still new at this prepping. I’m kind of learning as I go. And I’m now finally getting the one that I need.

Weyland talked about why he wanted an underground shelter. He said:

My bunker will serve primarily as a shelter in case of bad weather. The shelter that I bought is a steel, doghouse-style shelter. Double-welded, with a marine-grade coating, totally watertight. And it will be perfect protection for my family.

Deep Earth Bunker owner Scott Bales commented on the structure that Weyland chose. He said:

He’s picked out a steel shelter that’s big enough for his family, and some food and supplies. It will be great for short-term, emergency situations.

In the episode, Weyland Smith said he now realized he’d been prepping all along. Accumulating gear and supplies for different outdoor activities had given him a head start. Smith revealed that his wife already had 3 months’ worth of food canned. His goal was to have 6 months’ worth set aside. In addition, Weyland hunts and processes his own meat with his son, J.D. They’ve managed to sock away 3 to 4 months of meat already.

Weyland made this observation:

People in the rural areas will be much more likely to survive because they have the basic skills to take of themselves.

Near the end of the episode, Weyland opted to install his new shelter himself, and Scott Bales stopped on by to check out how he was doing.

Overall, I enjoyed episode 3 of Doomsday Bunkers. I have to admit- this TV series is growing on me. “Tsunami Pod/Nuclear Fallout Shelter” was interesting, informative, and funny- yet again. Loretta Sanders is a total hoot. I especially enjoyed that scene where she was cleaning her firearms. Not to mention her barreling that car into the “roadblock.” The production crew once again managed to keep the annoying “reality” TV elements to a minimum.

No time for drama WTSHTF, right?

Hopefully, more episodes of Doomsday Bunkers will air soon on the Discovery Channel.

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Report: Rising Sea Levels Threaten U.S. Coastal Population

There is strong evidence that global sea level is now rising at an increased rate and will continue to rise during this century.

While studies show that sea levels changed little from AD 0 until 1900, sea levels began to climb in the 20th century…

Records and research show that sea level has been steadily rising at a rate of 1 to 2.5 millimeters (0.04 to 0.1 inches) per year since 1900.

This rate may be increasing. Since 1992, new methods of satellite altimetry (the measurement of elevation or altitude) indicate a rate of rise of 3 millimeters (0.12 inches) per year.

-National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website under “Ocean Facts”

March 1992. I remember driving north on Florida State Road A1A after spending spring break in Daytona Beach. While the magnificent views of the Atlantic come to the mind, it’s those homes built on stilts that really stand out when I recall that small part of the journey. And if what a recently-released report claims comes true, taller stilts may not cut it for a number of these coastal Florida residences. From Princeton, New Jersey-based Climate Central, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think-tank the focuses on climate and energy issues, in a press release earlier today:

Sea level rise due to global warming has already doubled the annual risk of coastal flooding of historic proportions across widespread areas of the United States, according to a new report from Climate Central. By 2030, many locations are likely to see storm surges combining with sea level rise to raise waters at least 4 feet above the local high-tide line. Nearly 5 million U.S. residents live in 2.6 million homes on land below this level. More than 6 million people live on land below 5 feet; by 2050, the study projects that widespread areas will experience coastal floods exceeding this higher level…

In 285 municipalities, more than half the population lives below the 4-foot mark. One hundred and six of these places are in Florida, 65 are in Louisiana, and ten or more are in New York (13), New Jersey (22), Maryland (14), Virginia (10) and North Carolina (22). In 676 towns and cities spread across every coastal state in the lower 48 except Maine and Pennsylvania, more than 10% of the population lives below the 4-foot mark.

Tidal gauge records show that the sea has already risen 8 inches globally during the last century, and projections point to a steep acceleration…

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

Whether one believes in global warming or not, sea levels look like they’re rising. Something to consider if you currently live on the coast or plan to move there someday.

You can read the entire report, entitled “Surging Seas,” on the Climate Central website here.

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UK Riots Demonstrate Once Again The Nanny State Can’t Protect You

My friends say that we’re heading for a grotty time,
It’s just a load of slapstick in a pantomime,
We’re heading for disaster, but I just don’t care,
Shut your eyes and count to ten, you won’t be there.

The whole thing’s daft, I don’t know why,
You have to laugh, or else you cry,
You have to live or else you die,
You have to laugh or else you cry.

-The Piranhas, Tom Hark (1980)

Smart Americans learned a very valuable lesson from the Los Angeles riots in 1992 and the looting and violence in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina’s landfall in 2005- the “Nanny State” is unable to protect you and your property when TSHTF. Common sense dictates that in a large-scale incident, government resources may very well be stretched too thin to provide you with any meaningful assistance.

Like that preacher said to the new sheriff of Rock Ridge in Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles

Son, you’re on your own.

The carnage resulting from several days of rioting and looting in London and elsewhere in England offers up this same lesson yet again. Despite its best intentions, the British government was ineffective in subduing the overwhelming criminal activity at the onset, leaving many members of the public to fend for themselves when conditions were most dangerous. From the CNN website this morning:

British Prime Minster David Cameron says the police faced a new and unique challenge” this week, as looting broke out at the same time in different places across the country.

He said police in London acknowledge they initially delayed too long before taking action to arrest rioters and looters, as he addressed Parliament Thursday…

Cameron praised the bravery of individual officers in tackling rioters, but said: “What became increasingly clear earlier this week was that there were simply far too few police were deployed onto the streets. And the tactics they were using weren’t working.”

(Editor’s notes: Italics added for emphasis. Also, I’m impressed by Mr. Cameron’s candor- he didn’t try blamethrowing the Tea Party, Big Oil, or Roger Clemens for the incident, or someone like that.)

As this episode demonstrates, the “Nanny State” can’t be relied upon to ensure our personal safety all the time. Big crises tend to result in big failures as it concerns government responses. And as I’ve noted before, 95% of all 911 responses are too late to stop the crime, and police have no legally-enforceable duty to protect the individual from criminals. Sucks, but that’s the way it is. Therefore, you must ultimately assume responsibility for your own personal safety. Less you want to become a crime statistic, of course.

Source:

“British PM: Police waited too long to act.” CNN.com. 11 Aug. 2011. (http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/europe/08/11/uk.riots/index.html?hpt=hp_c1). 11 Aug. 2011.

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UK Riots And British Gun Ownership

I wonder if some Brits aren’t wishing they had a firearm (or two) to discourage rioters and looters from preying upon them, their loved ones, and their property these days? From the BBC News’ Gerry Holt this morning:

Stories are emerging of Londoners forming vigilante groups to protect their homes and businesses, but police have warned this is making matters worse.

When rioters struck in Stoke Newington, north-east London, on Monday night, a group of Turkish shopkeepers were in no doubt about what was required.

Arming themselves with rudimentary weapons – a rubber hose or a piece of metal from a hoover – they were poorly equipped to see off the hundreds of youths who were running amok, smashing windows and setting fire to homes.

But their statement of intent was clear.

“Every man is entitled to defend his castle and we’ll defend the shop against anybody,” said one.

In the aftermath of the initial rioting in Tottenham four nights ago, traders and residents have accused the police of standing by and allowing people to loot.

Others spoke of how powerless they felt watching family businesses or homes burned to the ground.

But little by little a picture is emerging of Londoners beginning to fight back against the wave of violence – in some cases by taking the law into their own hands…

In Southall, west London, hundreds of Sikh men stood guard outside their temple and patrolled the streets on Tuesday night.

“We want to show the rioters we are here together,” the temple’s president, Himmat Singh Sohi, told Sky News.

Reports have suggested that some people protected their homes armed with just pots and pans, while others formed lines outside to stop looters breaking in.

Pots, pans, rubber hoses? Throw in Hatchet Harry’s rubber assault dildo from Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and you’ve got yourselves a terrifying arsenal there. All kidding aside, I applaud them for using whatever they have at their disposal to protect themselves, as its well-known the British government isn’t a big fan of citizens owning firearms. The BBC’s Dominic Casciani wrote back on November 2, 2010:

The UK has some of the toughest gun control laws in the world. If you want to own a gun, it is very difficult to do so.

In short, it has been designed to put as many barriers in the way as possible and to assume the worst, rather than hope for the best.

In the United States, you can declare that it is your constitutional right to bear arms. But in the UK, you need to spend hours filling in paperwork and proving to police officers that you are not a danger to society.

The system is administered by police forces in each part of the UK and in England, Scotland and Wales there are separate licences for shotguns and for other firearms.

According to the most recent figures for England and Wales, there are 138,728 people certificated to hold firearms and they own 435,383 weapons. There are 574,946 shotgun certificates which cover 1.4 million shotguns.

Statistics for Scotland show that 70,839 firearms were held by 26,072 certificate holders at the end of last year. Some 50,000 people in Scotland are certificated to hold shotguns – and 137,768 weapons are covered by that scheme.

Police chiefs can revoke certificates if they conclude that the holder can no longer be trusted. In 2008-09, almost 1,300 certificates were revoked.

Since access to firearms is restricted in this manner, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that accounts like the ones above mirror those that took place in Cairo, Egypt, during the uprising that eventually forced Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak out of power. I wrote back on April 27:

How bad did the situation get in Cairo during this time? From the Associated Press on January 31:

When Egypt’s police melted from the streets of Cairo this weekend, the people stepped in.

Civilians armed with knives, axes, golf clubs, firebombs, metal bars and makeshift spears watched over many neighborhoods in the sprawling capital of 18 million this weekend, defending their families and homes against widespread looting and lawlessness.

The thugs had exploited the chaos created by the largest anti-government protests in decades and the military failed to fill the vacuum left by police.

And now, it’s being reported that three men who were in the process of protecting their neighborhood have died in the violence. From ABC News’ Kevin Dolak and Jeffrey Kofman this morning:

The rioting and looting gripping England has turned deadly as it enters a fifth day with three men killed by a hit-and-run driver in Birmingham.

Reports from neighbors indicate that the men were attempting to protect their area from rioters when they were struck by the car.

“Three men — aged 31, 30 and 20 — were on foot in Dudley Road in the Winson Green area of the city when they were in collision with a car. All later died from their injuries in hospital,” read a statement of the West Midlands website. “Detectives … will today question a 32-year-old man on suspicion of murder.”

All I can say to our friends across the pond is, good luck. They’re going to need it, as I suspect the rioting and looting in European nations is only just starting (this episode will probably subside soon, however), before it eventually makes its way to our shores as times get even tougher. Don’t think it can happen here? Bust out some U.S. history books and start reading- if recent events like New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina and the 1992 Los Angeles riots somehow escape your memory.

L.A. Koreatown Defender, 1992 (Too Sexy For His Rifle)

Sources:

Holt, Gerry. “England riots: When is it right to turn vigilante?” BBC News. 10 Aug. 2011. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14473781). 10 Aug. 2011.

Casciani, Dominic. “Gun control and ownership laws in the UK.” BBC News. 2 Nov. 2010. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10220974). 10 Aug. 2011.

Dolak, Kevin and Kofman, Jeffrey. “U.K. Riots: 3 Dead as London Police Go on Offensive.” ABC News. 10 Aug. 2011. (http://abcnews.go.com/International/uk-riots-dead-london-police-offensive/story?id=14269401). 10 Aug. 2011.

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