Posted on 13th February 2014 by AWD in Economy

The economic collapse blog, run by Michael Snyder, has always been one of my favorites. Great Doom porn stuff, and always backed by stats and data. And, best of all, he openly states on the blog that he encourages others to use his articles. He’s under the impression it’s better to help people than worry about not sharing his work. I admire him and the rest of the sites that have given permission to reprint articles. All the laws and regulations in the world aren’t going to help us when the collapse happens….

As far as this article is concerned, I believe God is giving us visible warnings of what is to come. This is at least the second or third episode where stores have been cleaned out. And since people will only believe something when they see it with their eyes, I believe this is an omen of what is to come. If you haven’t started prepping, it’s never too late. Don’t get caught with your pants down….

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Guest Post by Michael Snyder

If an ice storm can cause this much panic in our major cities, what will a real crisis look like? The biggest news story in the United States right now is the “historic ice storm” that is hammering the South. Travel will be a nightmare, schools and businesses will be closed, and hundreds of thousands of people will lose power. In fact, it is being projected that some people could be without power for up to a week. But at the end of the day, the truth is that this ice storm is just an inconvenience. Yes, the lives of millions of Americans will be disrupted for a few days, but soon the ice will melt and life will be back to normal. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take much for people to start behaving like crazed lunatics. As you will see below, the winter weather is causing average Americans to ransack grocery stores, fight over food items and even pull guns on one another. If this is how people will behave during a temporary weather emergency, how will they behave when we are facing a real disaster?

This is a perfect example that shows why it is wise to always have emergency food supplies on hand
. According to CNN, all that is left on the shelves of some grocery stores in Atlanta is “corn and asparagus”…

As the skies turned heavy, Atlantans cleaned stores out of loaves of bread, gallons of milk, bundles of firewood and cans of beans and beer. In some stores, all that was left were the apparently less-popular corn and asparagus.

And according to an Infowars report, some people down in Atlanta were actually getting into fights over basic essentials such as milk and bread…

Atlanta residents ransacked neighborhood grocery stores in frantic preparation for their second major snowstorm of the year, waging fights over food items and leaving destruction and empty shelves in their wake, a stunning precursor to what will ensue once a major crisis impacts the U.S.

After three inches of snow shut the city down two weeks ago, causing major havoc and leaving miles of cars stranded on immobile roadways, the residents of Atlanta took heed and shopped early.

According to people who Tweeted photos of barren store shelves, residents went crazy over essentials like milk, bread, water and eggs, and in some cases “people were fighting. Yes fighting,” alleges one user.

So what would happen if this was an extended crisis and you had not stored up any emergency supplies for your own family?

That is something to think about.

And just like during the last major winter storm in the South, there are reports of hundreds of vehicles being abandoned on the side of the road in major cities. For example, just check out what has been happening in Raleigh, North Carolina…

“I live and work in downtown. I was able to get from my office back home. My wife works in Morrisville, about 25 minutes away. She left the office at 12 p.m. and is still on the road. I am coaching her home with Google Maps. It appears that, from WRAL TV, the ramp from Wade Avenue to 440 is blocked by abandoned cars. That is a HUGE ramp (downtown Raleigh to highway).”

We are also seeing quite a few reports of “snow rage” as this cold, snowy winter drags on. In fact, on Sunday someone actually pulled out a shotgun and threatened to shoot a snow plow driver on Long Island…

As CBS 2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported Tuesday, people have found themselves fed up with the hassle of plowing, shoveling and salting. In fact, they have been pushed to the edge, to the point where they have been taking out their frustrations on plow drivers.

Eric Ramirez, a snow plow driver on Long Island, said an irate man went so far as to rack a shotgun Sunday and threaten to shoot him because he was piling snow in front of the man’s Manorhaven home.

And a similar incident involving a pistol was recently reported in Union Township…

The incident happened Monday afternoon along Underwood Street in Union Township.

Police say Eckert became angry when the self-employed driver, John Abraham, accidentally pushed some snow into his yard while cleaning a neighbor’s driveway.

“I went like this to put it in park and there was a gun right here in my face,” Abraham said.

Eckert is then accused of taking a .22-calibur pistol out of his coat, and pressing it against Abraham’s cheek, telling him to remove the snow.

As I write about so frequently, the thin veneer of civilization that we all take for granted is starting to disappear. A whole host of surveys and opinion polls have shown that Americans are angrier and more frustrated than ever. Our society has become a ticking time bomb, and it isn’t going to take much for it to explode.

When it does explode, most people are going to be depending on the government or someone else to take care of them. The following is a brief excerpt from a recent article by Mac Slavo…

Despite warnings from FEMA, as well as the prevalence of popular preparedness TV shows, Americans still don’t seem to understand how susceptible we are to a complete destabilization of life as we know it. It boggles the mind that most people seem to think that when disasters strikes they’ll be able to depend on someone else to provide them with assistance.

Fortunately, at least a few people seem to be learning some lessons about the importance of being prepared from these winter storms…

“Last time I was totally unprepared, I was completely blindsided,” said Lisa Nadir, of Acworth, who sat in traffic for 13 hours and then spent the night in her car when the storm hit Jan. 28. “I’m going to be prepared from now on for the rest of my life.”

What about you?

Are you prepared?

We live at a time when our world is becoming increasingly unstable, and it doesn’t take much to imagine a bunch of scenarios in which this nation would be facing a major crisis for an extended period of time…

-A major eruption of Mt. Rainier or the Yellowstone supervolcano

-The “Big One” hits California

-A massive earthquake along the New Madrid fault line

-A highly infectious pandemic that kills tens of millions of Americans

-Hackers bring down the Internet or crash the banking system

-A massive tsunami hits either the east coast or the west coast destroying numerous major cities

-A major war erupts in the Middle East and the United States gets involved

-A crisis involving North Korea sparks a major war in Asia

-A terror attack that specifically targets our power grid

-A terror attack involving a weapon of mass destruction in one of our major cities

-A terror attack or a major natural disaster causes one or more nuclear facilities in the heart of the United States to experience a “Fukushima-like crisis”

-A massive EMP blast that fries our electrical grid and our communications systems

-Last but certainly not least, a massive economic collapse that fundamentally changes life in America on a permanent basis

So what do you think?

Are there additional scenarios that you would add to the list above?

  1. Llpoh says:

    AWd – you and Muck have sent me into a black depression. Thanks so much.

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    13th February 2014 at 5:47 pm

  2. Nonanonymous says:

    LL, believe God. Do you have a better idea?

    Although I realize you’re being sarcastic, which says a lot.

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    13th February 2014 at 5:58 pm

  3. Nonanonymous says:

    I’m prepped.

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    13th February 2014 at 6:18 pm

  4. card802 says:

    My brother in law organized a prepper meeting in two weeks. I’m going to go but I’m not going to let on that I prep. I don’t know any of these people and I don’t care to let them know anything about me. Even my brother in law doesn’t know.

    If the shit hits the fan I know I will stand the best chance with like minded people but how do you find these people without giving away too much?
    Right now I have two trusted friends, The rest of the people talk a good story but if TSHTF they would grab me and drown me with a shit ton of non preppers that they would like to include. Hope I can find some answers at this meeting.

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    13th February 2014 at 6:49 pm

  5. AWD says:

    “AWd – you and Muck have sent me into a black depression”

    Are you depressed because you’re not black? Get over it. At least you have your own factory and don’t have to fight affirmative action.

    I find it amazing that people clean out these stores, then fight each other for scraps. The same thing happens on “black Friday”, and the same thing happens when their team wins the Stupor Bowl. People are about two degrees away from being savage animals. Many people enjoy savage violence and brutality.

    All it’s going to take is a crisis of some sort, I’m guessing a computer glitch that freezes international banking, or a crisis in confidence, or a few defaults and bank runs, and the stores won’t be restocked again after they’re cleaned out. And then we’ll see the savage animals come out and destroy everything. People are three meals away from starvation, and after a few days and nothing on the shelves, it’s going to be anarchy. Imagine the fatties driving to McShits and finding out it’s closed and the buffets are shut down: chaos!

    The government knows this, which is why all government agencies now have enough guns and ammo to start a war. The Feds already look at gun owners as terrorists, and anyone that supports the constitution as terrorists, and the Feds, in all their forms, will use any excuse to wipe out as many so called domestic terrorists as they can, because some people will not go along with the coming fascist totalitarian state. It’s scary shit, but the bigger the collapse, the better, as the Feds will only be able to protect their owners and party members, and not target patriots.

    20 years ago, Obama never would have gotten away with what he has; he would have been impeached and discredited. The Republicans serve Obama and the democrats, and they are running this country bankrupt and into the ground faster than anyone could have possibly imagined. There is nobody to stop what is happening, and we can only wait for the fateful day when once again the stores are cleaned out, and not restocked again for a long, long time. Then we’ll see who prepared and who is ready.

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    13th February 2014 at 7:30 pm

  6. Stucky says:

    Two Words that will get the shit hitting the fan pretty quickly.

    “Bank Holiday”

    And I’m not talking about Martin Luther King Day.

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    13th February 2014 at 7:37 pm

  7. Buckhed says:

    Card…I’m with you. I used to talk about how I was prepared etc….now I don’t say crap to most folks.

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    13th February 2014 at 8:22 pm

  8. Billy says:


    Same here. I have extended an invitation to certain family members, but other than that, I very rarely speak about any preps I have socked away…

    I’m going to have the missus read this article. She needs the occasional boot to the glute to keep on subject.

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    13th February 2014 at 9:12 pm

  9. IndenturedServant says:

    Hey Card, if that meeting is worthwhile post a report about it. I have a couple of close friends who know about my preps and that is it.

    The wife and I blew 1200 FRN’s topping off a few things last weekend. I tried to wake a few people up as I experienced my own awakening. Most if not all thought I was nuts. Suits me fine…….it’s best not to fuck with people who are nuts.

    I am going to make one last ditch effort to get my parents and brothers on the prepping path. Mom is a lost cause but dad is starting to listen and ask a few questions but feels like there is nothing he can do. One brother, the one I hate, is the kind of guy you could set on fire and then tell him he’s on fire and he’ll call you a liar. Brother or not, I can’t rally get along with people like that. The other brother totally gets it but he is still mildly addicted to “stuff” but he’s coming around.

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    13th February 2014 at 10:09 pm

  10. IndenturedServant says:

    Whether it is a localized event or a national event, when TSHTF the LAST place you want to be is out fighting crowds and cops trying to get some for yourself.

    I have a grocery store two blocks from my house in town and I might brave a trip there to snag a few perishables like milk, eggs and fresh veggies but other than that I’ll be sitting fat, dumb and happy in my fortress of assholeitude. (with apologies to Billy for stealing that one).

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    13th February 2014 at 10:21 pm

  11. Billy says:


    You can use it. I really can’t stop you so I might as well be cool with it… :)

    About your family – I got one sister who has a good heart, but is naive. She’s married to a good guy – a vet – who totally gets it, so they’re okay. My brother gets it, so he’s okay. My other sister? TOTAL libtard Obongo voter who thinks all things good and right come from the Government… she’s oblivious to our Impending Doom and lives in Flori-duh. When TSHTF, I seriously doubt she will make it. Even if she tried to get here, I doubt she would make it.

    You have got to triage… you can’t save everyone. Or even everyone you want to save. It’s gonna be hard, but you’ve got to do it. Only so many people can fit in a lifeboat…

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    13th February 2014 at 10:48 pm

  12. Leobeer says:

    Not wishing to get into copyright infringement, one of the best daily reads is from Bill Holter.

    ” I heard Jim say something that is so obvious, so common sense and so connected…and I have even written about it but stupid I didn’t break it down to reality. He answered a question and said, “We do have bread lines, you just don’t see them…where do you think the 50 million Americans would be without food stamps?””

    He goes on to discuss that the problems are hidden, the public doesn’t see it so they aren’t concerned.

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    13th February 2014 at 5:54 am

  13. animal joe says:

    case in point, great twilight zone episode on just this topic.

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    13th February 2014 at 7:16 am

  14. Nonanonymous says:

    Why are there so many haters on this site?

    Oh, nevermind, I already know.

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    13th February 2014 at 7:56 am

  15. Chen says:

    Nonanonymous says:

    “Why are there so many haters on this site?”

    how many is ‘so many’? admin said this place was like Sunday school. you can feel the love emanating from this site. especially today. besides, AWD is not a hater, he despises freeloaders

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    13th February 2014 at 8:59 am

  16. Econman says:

    It’s a “Digital Depression”.

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    13th February 2014 at 9:03 am

  17. Nonanonymous says:

    Chen, I was referring to the down thumbers.

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    13th February 2014 at 9:16 am

  18. Nonanonymous says:

    You can’t “prepare for the worst” in one day. There are just too many things to consider. It’s also hard to save and prep at the same time, but you can make a commitment not to go into debt doing it.

    If you can manage that, you’re doing better than me. Good credit is not necessarily a good thing.

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    13th February 2014 at 9:33 am

  19. thegooch says:

    living in buffalo, I am always prepared for an extended power outage, massive snow storm, or the apocalypse. whichever comes first.

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    13th February 2014 at 9:39 am

  20. KaD says:

    Foreclosure Starts SUDDENLY Jump 57% in California (And Soar In Much Of The Country):

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    13th February 2014 at 5:05 pm

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