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Re: What would you do?

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11-17-2012 04:32:05

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IMO, based on actual experience, it will be your neighbors that start on you. I don't mean Bill and Fran at the next farm over, I mean the mutt druggie rat living on welfare in that rental trailer 3 miles over in Skunk Holler, or in the little village or settlement down the road. We had a complete loss of power in January, over 6 million on both sides of the border. Within hours we had looting, thefts, stuff like that. So they put a travel ban and curfew on. The mutts all own ATVs and snowmobiles and they'll even resort to foot. They stole the generator that ran the phone substation. They stole fuel, wood, pretty much whatever they could get to. We had a group of volunteers to watch the new generator at the phone building 24/7. All this was in the first 3 days. I was without power for 15. It got pretty bad after a few more days.

Another town I worked in had a very poor power grid. The lights would often fail for 2-3 hours, say 8-10 times a year. We'd all get called in for looter patrol, especially if it was nighttime. People are animals.

Those who laugh at people considering this stuff need to go through just a shadow of it before you scoff.

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11-17-2012 05:01:52

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 Re: What would you do? in reply to Bret4207, 11-17-2012 04:32:05  
Bret, that's a far more likely scenario. People won't travel far to steal if there's plenty to steal where they're at.

During the so-called Rodney King riots in LA, I lived in an upper-middle class neighborhood in Long Beach that was surrounded by lower class neighborhoods. There was rioting within a couple of miles to north, south and west of me, but I never saw a single looter. It wasn't because they feared the Jewish doctors and lawyers who were my Bixby Knolls neighbors. It was simply because they saw no reason to leave their own neighborhoods when they could loot the stores close to home.

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11-17-2012 05:22:48

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 Re: What would you do? in reply to MarkB_Mi, 11-17-2012 05:01:52  
Probably had more to do with the National Guard between your neighborhood and the rioting.

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11-17-2012 04:52:47

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 Re: What would you do? in reply to Bret4207, 11-17-2012 04:32:05  
You nailed it thats exactly the the way it'd go most places.Many People have a false sense of security.The Cops will be home protecting their own place and family and who'd expect them to do anything different?

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