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Herd immunity would cause it to never reach 100% population saturation.
With a crossbow and half-dozen bolts, from ambush, those few friends turn into 1000 rounds and 10 guns for one person. If one of them was a mad prepper, hey, it turned into 100000 rounds and 100 guns, for the low cost of one crossbow bolt.
If the world goes "Mad Max", you need remember that you're not the protagonist. You're not even the loon who gets to yell "Shiny and Chrome!". You're the jagoff who gets shot mid-action-scene. Do you have a moat? Do you have a wall? Anti-siege defenses? Reports from those who ACTUALLY survived societal collapse agree on that: They lived because they had measures for defense, not just offense.
Sharing supplies is simply capitalism. You have resources. I have items to exchange for those resources. Ideally we both believe we come out ahead, or at least neutral in the trade. If I do not have items to trade, I have my Self to trade, and can offer labor in exchange for payment, but there is no obligation of the other party to accept. That's basic economics.
Just using one person's supplies that they worked hard to get is simply communism. And why would that be tolerated in any SHTF situation?
Or in other words, the original meaning of "meme". An idea that evolves like an animal's genes: Very, VERY slowly, and only when subjected to significant contrary forces and requirements to prove its validity before it is reproduced.
You want a country that adheres to the original definition of "meme" as its zeitgeist.
Thirteen billion dollars, huh? And almost 400 million of it is in liquid cash?
And their "program-related" investments are 0.3% of their purely financial investment.
This company looks SO legit.
Eh, kids are dumb. If the flow of events is "kid ties a hangman knot, forgets, someone else finds it, REEEs like howler monkeys, original kid claims responsibility, original kid expelled", I'm tempted to believe it was just that: Tying a hangman knot out of boredom or perhaps in a prop for a melodramatic response to "how's it going?" but then leaving it since it wasn't important.
If the turn-in was black, participated in the witch-hunt, and suffered no concequences or a wrist-slap, then yeah, I'd say "hoax", but this seems just like "kids are dumb".
You can trade cow for gold, if you need something really badly and the person who has it insists on gold and not cow.
If you have gold, you only have what people say you have in value, could be cow, could be chicken, could be nothing. If you have cow, you have cow. Can get lots of gold, because someone who needs cow, doesn't need gold.
So you think they wouldn't call it that, then.
How about "The variants mean you're still gonna be in lockdown for eternity also it doesn't make you immune to the thing it supposedly immunizes you to shot" rather than "Vaccine shot"?
Typhoid Mary picked her ass then prepped food without washing her hands. Asymptomatic spread requires "spread" still. It doesn't spontaneously form in nearby people. If she just washed her hands after shoving them up her rear, her "legend" wouldn't exist, because that would have been enough to stop the spread.
If you're hanging with people who don't regularly explore the inside of their own body with their hands then not wash, it doesn't really matter WHAT they may have, you ain't likely getting it.
"Two weeks to flatten the curve" has always meant you get your injections every two weeks, comrade.
You spread an asymptomatic variant! Now twenty people are going to catch the asymptomatic variant and have no symptoms! It's going to spread everywhere with no one showing any change in their life and it's all your fault!
Hey, we're finally allowed to see the moon, now, at least! For the first time this year.
Sure they have better common sense than most,
Sure they have better common sense than most,
I find the more specialized someone is, the less common sense they have. Common sense, as the joke goes, isn't very common... But that is because it is "common" sense. You need knowledge of "common" things in order to have it. It is common sense to turn off the water to your toilet if it is risking overflow, it is common sense to know the dial is usually near the base of the toilet to do so. How many accountants you think know that? How many Doctors? For them, it goes wrong, you call a plumber. No need for common sense.
It is common sense to avoid high-crime areas. It is common sense to know the more graffiti in an area, the higher the crime rate. It is EDUCATED sense to know that graffiti technically causes murder if you look at the stats. But you don't need to know that, just to avoid "sketchy" areas. How many white savior doctorates of gender studies do you think know that? Their degree and lordship over all will protect them, they need not common sense.
A jack of all trades, who can do basic work in basically anything, will usually have a LOT of common sense. An expert? Not so much.
Plus, a taser is in a weird use placement for this situation:
The morbidly obese are much more likely to die from being tazed than healthy people. But at the same time, there's a lot more mass for the electricity to go through, if it doesn't contract enough muscles, they are just going to get pissed off. So it is simultaneously more likely to cause serious harm/kill, AND not do a damn thing to stop The Blob.
When The Blob gets too hungry and decides in an instant to carve up and eat the closest living thing, there's no room for iffy measures.
...Rotherham doesn't count.
"Daddy, why do we give up eating for lent?"
"Uhh... We're really religious, is all. Jesus didn't have food for those 40 days, and all that, so we don't either."
"And the sauna?"
"Moses walked through the desert for 40 days, too, so you're going to need to lose some water-weight, too."
Societal pendulums don't swing in a matter of days, months, or even years. They swing on the axis of generations.
Don't wait for the pendulum to swing. It hasn't even reached its apex yet, let along coming back the other way.
Keep in mind most Fully Vax'd people are ancient since most places did an age-based distribution. The Boomer Remover Cough-Pao Sicken lives up to its name, there's significant overlap in "vaccinated" and "will fucking die to a stiff breeze".
Housing crashes are cyclical.
Needing more boards to cover up your business' windows from rioters and looters is eternal. At least in certain cities.
Wood's pricing will continue to rise while 'rona restrictions are in place. It will likely level off as those are removed.
And anyone concerned about IMMEDIATE effects is foolish. They're high for a vaccine, you can check the CDC's vax side effects charts year-over-year, but they're not untenable given the numbers involved. It's the LONG TERM effects, since this is a rushed and untested procedure, that should be the concern. You're not going to keel over an hour after getting shot. One decade? Who knows. Remember, Thaliomide was advised for infants and pregnant women, because it was 100% safe in the limited super-short-term testing.
"The new normal" implies a regime change. Not "our temporary measure", not "the interim normal", not "a conditional stance", "the new normal".
Since the beginning they've never had intention of letting up.
"Slippery slopes don't exist"? A bold argument. Let's see if two weeks to slow the spread and no masks and no lockdowns and no passports and no microchips and no papers for basic living supplies continues.
Unless the underlying issue is resolved, the trend will continue.
(From the article)
"It comes as giant robots have appeared in the pro-Russian city of Donetsk..."
I'd call this A+ tier trolling, if there wasn't serious global consequences to the actions.
Most people need a reason for their actions outside of their own Self.
Be it pleasing God, serving Satan, furthering The Agenda (Science, Feminist, Stormfront, Government, doesn't matter), they need to be acting in service to something, because most humans are submissive by nature. Intelligent atheists know this, because it is a well-established "thing", sociology-wise, and it explains the prevalence of various religions throughout history.
Someone seeking to further their own Self... They're rare. Most people who look like they're doing so... Aren't. That person jogging and weightlifting is seeking to further society using their aesthetics. The merciless businessman believes he can support the government with his power.
There is nothing inherently wrong with serving a higher power, regardless of if the power is higher in the metaphorical sense, or a very literal and immediate presence. And I think more people know that than you may think. A bit of a blackpill, but I think most NPCs know, on some level, they're NPCs.