Two perspectives on the prospects for societal breakdown in the USA

I’ve written a number of articles on various aspects of emergency preparedness.  I’m by no means an over-the-top zombie-apocalypse “prepper”, but I believe that a certain amount of common-sense planning and basic preparations for an emergency should be part of everyone’s lifestyle.  Nevertheless, I don’t think most of us seriously expect the society within which we live to collapse, or even to suddenly degrade, to such an extent that it can be described as “the end of the world as we know it”. Two recent articles propose different, and rather more worrying, ways of looking at that possibility.  They certainly

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Pizza gets complicated sometimes

Received via e-mail, origin unknown (clickit to biggit): The Texas pizza illustration is a dead libel, I’ll have you know.  There are a couple of pizzerias within striking distance of my home where the pizza is to die for.  I don’t know about Boston, though . . . do they serve baked beans with their tacos? Peter

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Ballsy!

I suspect intelligence agencies all over the world are at present tipping their hats, metaphorically speaking, to Israel’s Mossad.  If published accounts are to be believed (and it’s never that simple), their most recent operation was a masterpiece, the kind of thing that’ll be studied in training academies for decades to come. Israeli spies reportedly broke into an Iranian nuclear archive in southern Tehran last year and hauled out half a tonne of documents in operation completed in a single night. The raid is said to have provided the intelligence behind Benjamin Netanyahu’s public accusation that Iran lied to the

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Playing politics with our children’s lives

I’m obliged to Aaron at The Shekel for bringing to our attention the remarkable facts uncovered by a Broward County student investigating the Parkland school shooting.  He highlights Twitchy’s coverage of the issue, which leads to other links.  In order, the articles are: Aaron:  “Just When You Thought Broward County’s Failures Concerning The Parkland Shooting Can’t Get Any Worse, They Do“. Twitchy:  ” ‘My blood is boiling’: Broward student journalist lays out his case against superintendent, school board“. The Hill:  “Exclusive: Broward County’s $100 million failure on school safety“. I strongly recommend taking the time to follow each of those

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